- The definition of popular is widely liked or well known.
An example of something popular is cookie dough ice cream.
popular definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Classical Latin popularis ; from populus, people
- popularly adverb
popular definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Middle English populer, commonly known, from Old French populeir, of the people, from Latin populāris, from populus, the people, of Etruscan origin.
- popˈu·lar·ly adverb