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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [pop-yuh-ler]
    • /ˈpɒp yə lər/
    • /ˈpɒpjələ(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [pop-yuh-ler]
    • /ˈpɒp yə lər/

Definitions of popular word

  • adjective popular regarded with favor, approval, or affection by people in general: a popular preacher. 1
  • adjective popular regarded with favor, approval, or affection by an acquaintance or acquaintances: He's not very popular with me just now. 1
  • adjective popular of, relating to, or representing the people, especially the common people: popular discontent. 1
  • adjective popular of the people as a whole, especially of all citizens of a nation or state qualified to participate in an election: popular suffrage; the popular vote; popular representation. 1
  • adjective popular prevailing among the people generally: a popular superstition. 1
  • adjective popular suited to or intended for the general masses of people: popular music. 1

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Origin of popular

First appearance:

before 1375
One of the 22% oldest English words
1375-1425; late Middle English populer < Latin populāris. See people, -ar1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Popular


popular popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

popular usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for popular

adj popular

  • fashionable — observant of or conforming to the fashion; stylish: a fashionable young woman.
  • favored — regarded or treated with preference or partiality: Her beauty made her the favored child.
  • famous — having a widespread reputation, usually of a favorable nature; renowned; celebrated: a famous writer. Synonyms: famed, notable, illustrious. Antonyms: unknown, obscure.
  • attractive — A person who is attractive is pleasant to look at.
  • beloved — A beloved person, thing, or place is one that you feel great affection for.

Antonyms for popular

adj popular

  • old-fashioned — of a style or kind that is no longer in vogue: an old-fashioned bathing suit.
  • unpopular — not popular; disliked or ignored by the public or by persons generally.
  • inconspicuous — not conspicuous, noticeable, or prominent.
  • unknown — not known; not within the range of one's knowledge, experience, or understanding; strange; unfamiliar.
  • unusual — not usual, common, or ordinary; uncommon in amount or degree; exceptional: an unusual sound; an unusual hobby; an unusual response.

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