Definition of pop noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pɒp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɑːp//
    Styles of music
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  1. 1   (also pop music) [uncountable] popular music of the sort that has been popular since the 1950s, usually with a strong rhythm and simple tunes, often contrasted with rock, soul and other forms of popular music rock, pop and soul The eight compilations range from teen pop to classical. CollocationsMusicListening listen to/​enjoy/​love/​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 tune/​a lullaby accompany a singer/​choir strum a chord/​guitarPerforming form/​start/​get together/​join/​quit/​leave a band give a performance/​concert/​recital do a concert/​recital/​gig play a concert/​gig/​festival/​venue perform (British English) at/​in a concert/(especially North American English) a 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 top of/​top the charts get to/​go straight to/​go straight in at/​enter the charts at number one See related entries: Styles of music
  2. sound
  3. 2  [countable] a short sharp explosive sound The cork came out of the bottle with a loud pop. More Like This Onomatopoeic words beep, bleep, boohoo, brrr, buzz, click, clip-clop, ding-dong, hiss, mwah, peep, ping, plop, pop, rat-tat, splat, splosh, squeak, squeal, squelch, swish, tee-hee, thud, thwack, tick-tock, toot, vroom, wham, whoosh, zoomSee worksheet.
  4. drink
  5. 3 [uncountable] (old-fashioned, informal) a sweet fizzy drink (= with bubbles) that is not alcoholic
  6. father
  7. 4 [singular] (old-fashioned, informal, especially North American English) used as a word for ‘father’, especially as a form of address Hi, Pop!
  8. Word Originnoun sense 1 late 19th cent.: abbreviation of popular. noun sense 2 mid 19th cent.: abbreviation of poppa. noun senses 3 to 4 late Middle English (in the senses ‘a blow, knock’ and ‘to strike’): imitative.Idioms
    have/take a pop (at somebody)
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    (British English, informal) to attack somebody physically or in words Football managers are always taking a pop at referees.
    (informal, especially North American English) costing a particular amount for each one We can charge $50 a pop.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pop