popular Definition

  • 1liked or enjoyed by many people
  • 2considered to be of the general public rather than a select group of experts or specialists
  • 3of or relating to the general public

Using popular: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "popular" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The band became very popular after their hit song was released.

  • Example

    The restaurant is popular for its delicious food and friendly service.

  • Example

    This book is popular among teenagers.

  • Example

    The movie was not very popular with critics.

popular Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for popular

Idioms Using popular

  • a widely held belief that is not true


    It is a popular misconception that cracking your knuckles causes arthritis.

  • still very well-liked or in demand despite the passage of time


    The classic rock band is as popular as ever, with fans of all ages attending their concerts.

  • to follow a popular trend or activity


    After the team won the championship, many people jumped on the bandwagon and became fans.

Phrases with popular

  • cultural activities or commercial products reflecting, suited to, or aimed at the tastes of the general masses of people


    The museum's exhibit explores the impact of popular culture on society.

  • scientific information presented in a way that is accessible and interesting to the general public


    The magazine publishes articles on popular science topics like space exploration and new medical breakthroughs.

  • the principle that the authority of a state and its government are created and sustained by the consent of its people, through their elected representatives


    The concept of popular sovereignty is a cornerstone of modern democratic societies.

Origins of popular

from Latin 'populares', meaning 'belonging to the people'


Summary: popular in Brief

The term 'popular' [ˈpɒpjʊlə] refers to things that are liked or enjoyed by many people, often of the general public rather than a select group. It can describe cultural phenomena like 'popular culture' and 'popular science,' as well as political concepts like 'popular sovereignty.' Idioms like 'a popular misconception' and 'jump on the bandwagon' reflect the term's broad usage.

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