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popular

pop·u·lar

popular

 
 
pronunciation:
pap y lr
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: widely liked or enjoyed; regarded favorably by many.
It was a popular movie, and it spawned numerous sequels.I always wanted to be popular at school, but I was too shy.
synonyms:
best-selling, hot
antonyms:
unpopular
similar words:
acclaimed, big, celebrated, familiar, famous, favorite, renowned, trendy, well-known
definition 2: pertaining to, representing, or originating with the common people.
He led a popular revolt against the government.U.S. senators are elected by popular vote.
synonyms:
mass, plebeian, proletarian, working-class
antonyms:
individual
similar words:
blue-collar, civic, civil, mob, public, social, vernacular, vulgar
definition 3: designed for, appealing to, or reflecting the taste or preferences of the general public.
His work is a typical example of popular art in the 1960s.I don't go to movies or watch much television, so my knowledge of popular culture is somewhat limited.
synonyms:
conventional, lowbrow, mass, middle-class, middlebrow, straight
antonyms:
highbrow
similar words:
bourgeois, commercial, mob, pop, public, square
derivation: popularly (adv.)
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Word Parts
The word popular contains the following parts:
popul Latin root that means the people
-ar1 Latin adjective-forming suffix that means of, pertaining to, or resembling
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The suffix -ar1attaches to bound Latinate bases to form adjectives. Most adjectives ending in -ar1 combine with the suffix -ity to form nouns ending in -arity. -ar1 is a variant of -al2, -ial that for phonological reasons occurs with bases ending in 'l'.