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[pop-yuh-lar-i-tee] /ˌpɒp yəˈlær ɪ ti/
the quality or fact of being popular.
the favor of the general public or of a particular group of people:
His popularity with television audiences is unrivaled.
Origin of popularity
1540-50; < Latin populāritās a courting of popular favor. See popular, -ity
Related forms
nonpopularity, noun
overpopularity, noun
semipopularity, noun
1, 2. acclaim, vogue, fashion, fame, repute. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The beguiling simplicity of crêpes is the secret of their lasting popularity.
  • Worldwide popularity is in fact the sole downside of operating an icon.
  • Now, the gap has closed, though her party remains well ahead of all others in popularity.
  • What it sought was a reliable way of measuring popularity to ensure that advertisers were paying enough.
  • One consequence has been a dramatic rise in the popularity of brain-training games.
  • Yet six months on, her grip is weakening and her popularity has fallen.
  • But she no longer tops the popularity charts, as she did under the grand coalition.
  • One explanation for their popularity is that investors get a big bang for their buck.
  • But the increasing popularity of these unpaid placements has caused some controversy lately.
  • However, the calm on the bond market stands at odds with evidence of the popularity of commodities as a hedge against inflation.
Word Origin and History for popularity

"fact or condition of being beloved by the people," c.1600, from French popularité (15c.), from popular + -ity. Classical Latin popularitas meant "fellow-citizenship." Popularity contest is from 1880.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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