popular

The adjective popular describes something that is well-liked or admired by a lot of people. Sometimes when you read a bestselling novel, you wonder why it's so popular.

Popular comes from the Latin word populus, which means people. Anything that is popular is liked by many people. When you're talking about popular music or art, you may sometimes shorten the word popular to "pop," as in pop music or pop culture. Popular also describes things by or for the people, or the general population, such as the popular vote or a popular revolt.

Definitions of popular
  1. adjective
    regarded with great favor, approval, or affection especially by the general public
    “a popular tourist attraction”
    “a popular girl”
    “cabbage patch dolls are no longer popular
    Synonyms:
    best-selling
    selling in great numbers
    fashionable
    patronized by
    favorite, favourite
    appealing to the general public
    hot
    very popular or successful
    touristed, touristy
    visited by throngs of tourists
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    Antonyms:
    unpopular
    regarded with disfavor or lacking general approval
    less-traveled
    not visited by many travelers
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  2. adjective
    (of music or art) new and of general appeal (especially among young people)
    synonyms: pop
    nonclassical
    not classical
  3. adjective
    carried on by or for the people (or citizens) at large
    “the popular vote”
    popular representation”
    “institutions of popular government”
    Synonyms:
    democratic
    characterized by or advocating or based upon the principles of democracy or social equality
  4. adjective
    representing or appealing to or adapted for the benefit of the people at large
    popular thought”
    popular science”
    popular fiction”
    synonyms: democratic
    common
    having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual
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