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Topic: MUSIC

Sense: 1,7
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: popular
Sense: 2-5
Date: 1400-1500
Origin: POP1
Sense: 6
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: poppa

pop

2 noun
     
pop2 S3 W3
1

music

[uncountable]APM modern music that is popular, especially with young people, and usually consists of simple tunes with a strong beat [↪ pop music]:
a new pop record
a pop star
a pop festival
2

sound

[countable] a sudden short sound like a small explosion:
the pop of a champagne cork
The balloon went pop (=made a sudden short sound).
3

drink

[uncountable and countable] informalDFD a sweet drink with bubbles but no alcohol, or a glass or can of this drink [= soda]:
a bottle of pop
Can you get me a pop while you're up?
4

take a pop at somebody

British English informal to criticize someone in public:
When you're a professional footballer, you expect people to take a pop at you now and again.
5

$7/$50/25¢ etc a pop

American English spoken used when each of something costs a particular amount of money:
Tickets for the show are a hundred bucks a pop.
6

father

[countable] also Pops American English old-fashioned father - used especially when you are talking to your father
7

pops

American English classical music that most people know, especially people who do not usually like this type of music:
a pops concert
the Boston Pops Orchestra
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