The definition of popular is widely liked or well known.
An example of something popular is cookie dough ice cream.
- of or carried on by the common people or all the people: popular government
- appealing to or intended for the general public: popular music
- within the means of the ordinary person: popular prices
- accepted among people in general; common; prevalent: a popular notion
- liked by very many or most people: a popular actor
- very well liked by one's friends and acquaintances
Origin of popularClassical Latin popularis ; from populus, people
- Widely liked or appreciated: a popular resort.
- Liked by acquaintances; sought after for company: “Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved” (Margaret Fuller).
- Of, representing, or carried on by the people at large: the popular vote.
- Fit for, adapted to, or reflecting the taste of the people at large: popular entertainment; popular science.
- Accepted by or prevalent among the people in general: a popular misunderstanding of the issue.
- Suited to or within the means of ordinary people: popular prices.
- Originating among the people: popular legend.
Origin of popularMiddle English populer, commonly known, from Old French populeir, of the people, from Latin popul&amacron;ris, from populus, the people, of Etruscan origin.
(comparative more popular, superlative most popular)
- Common among the general public; generally accepted. [from 15th c.]
- (law) Concerning the people; public. [from 15th c.]
- Pertaining to or deriving from the people or general public. [from 16th c.]
- Aimed at ordinary people, as opposed to specialists etc.; intended for general consumption. [from 16th c.]
- Liked by many people; generally pleasing, widely admired. [from 17th c.]
- Adapted to the means of the common people; cheap. [from 19th c.]