- 1 liked or enjoyed by a large number of people a hugely/immensely popular singer This is one of our most popular designs. Skiing has become very popular recently. popular (with somebody) These policies are unlikely to prove popular with middle-class voters. I'm not very popular with my parents (= they are annoyed with me) at the moment. (ironic) “Our dog got into the neighbor's yard again!” “You'll be popular.” opposite unpopular
- 2[only before noun] (sometimes disapproving) suited to the taste and knowledge of ordinary people popular music/culture/fiction the popular press The band's success is largely due to the popular appeal of the lead singer.
- 3[only before noun] (of ideas, beliefs, and opinions) shared by a large number of people a popular misconception Contrary to popular belief, women cause fewer road accidents than men. Popular opinion was divided on the issue. By popular demand, the tour has been extended by two weeks.
- 4[only before noun] connected with the ordinary people of a country The party still has widespread popular support. a share of the popular vote popular power
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