|Origin:||popularis, from populus 'people'|
pop‧u‧lar S2 W1
liked by a lot of people [≠ unpopular]:
Hilary was popular at school.
a popular holiday resort
Coffee is probably the most popular drink in the world.
hugely/enormously/immensely etc popular
Guerrero's music is hugely popular in Latin America.
The President is very popular with Jewish voters.
2 [only before noun]
done by a lot of people in a society, group etc:
the closest popular vote in U.S. presidential history
The government has little popular support among women voters.
Kaplan's latest recording has received considerable popular acclaim (=it is liked by a lot of people).
popular belief/opinion/view (=a belief, opinion etc that a lot of people have)
a survey of Hispanic-American popular opinion
Contrary to popular belief (=in spite of what many people believe), gorillas are basically shy, gentle creatures.
a popular movement for democracy