American English

Definition of pop noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(also pop music) [uncountable] popular music that usually has a strong rhythm and simple tunes, often contrasted with other forms of popular music rock, pop, and soul Topic CollocationsMusiclistening listen to/enjoy/love/ (informal) be into music/classical music/jazz/pop/hip-hop, etc. listen to the radio/an MP3 player/a CD put on/play a CD/a song/some music turn down/up the music/radio/volume/bass go to a concert/festival/gig/performance/recital copy/burn/rip music/a CD/a DVD download music/an album/a song/a demo/a videoplaying play a musical instrument/the piano/percussion/a note/a riff/the melody/a concerto/a duet/by ear sing an anthem/a ballad/a solo/an aria/the blues/in a choir/soprano/alto/tenor/bass/out of tune hum a tune/a theme song/a lullaby accompany a singer/choir strum a chord/guitarperforming form/start/join/quit/leave a band (informal) get/put a band together give a performance/concert/recital do a concert/recital/gig play a concert/gig/festival/venue perform a concert/(live) in concert appear at a festival/live go on/embark on a (world) tourrecording write/compose music/a ballad/a melody/a tune/a song/a theme song/an opera/a symphony land/get/sign a record deal be signed to/be dropped by a record company record/release/put out an album/a single/a CD be on top of/top the charts get to/go straight to/go straight in at/enter the charts at number one
  2. father
  3. 2(also pops) [singular] (old-fashioned) (informal) used as a word for “father,” especially as a form of address Hi, Pop!
  4. sound
  5. 3[countable] a short, sharp, explosive sound The cork came out of the bottle with a loud pop.
  6. drink
  7. 4[uncountable] (informal) = soda
  8. Idioms
    …a pop (informal)
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    costing a particular amount for each one We can charge $50 a pop.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pop