From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpopularpop‧u‧lar1 /ˈpɒpjələ $ ˈpɑːpjəposlər/ ●●●S2W1 adjective1POPULARliked by a lot of people opp unpopularHilary was popular at school.a popular holiday resortCoffee is probably the most popular drink in the world.hugely/enormously/immensely etc popularGuerrero’s music is hugely popular in Latin America.popular with/amongThe president is very popular with Jewish voters.2[only before noun]LOT/LARGE NUMBER OR AMOUNT done by a lot of people in a society, group etcthe closest popular vote in U.S. presidential historyThe 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 opinionContrary to popular belief (=in spite of what many people believe), gorillas are basically shy, gentle creatures.a popular movement for democracy3[only before noun]CLASS IN SOCIETYrelating to ordinary people, or intended for ordinary peopleWintour’s writing is full of references to American popular culture.Steele was ridiculed by the popular press. →pop musicCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: liked by a lot of peopleadverbsvery popularShe was a very popular teacher.extremely popularThe restaurant is extremely popular, owing to its high standard of food.highly popular (=extremely popular)a highly popular radio stationimmensely/hugely/enormously popularHis plays were immensely popular.wildly popular (=extremely popular – used especially about something that excites people)These bands are wildly popular in Cuba.phenomenally popular (=extremely popular, to a degree that is surprising or unusual)Still her books remain phenomenally popular.increasingly popularBusiness management courses are increasingly popular.universally popular (=liked by everyone)Some foods are universally popular.enduringly/perennially popular (=always popular)His most enduringly popular film is ‘Singin' in the Rain’.genuinely popularHe became Russia's first genuinely popular politician in a long time.
THESAURUSpopular liked by a lot of peoplea popular restaurantMarmaris is one of Turkey’s most popular tourist destinations.His films were hugely popular.well-liked used about someone who many people likeHe is an experienced and well-liked member of the team.Stein is well-respected and well-liked by the troops.big/huge [not before noun] informal very popular, especially in a particular placeThe band are big in Europe.Apparently this type of game is huge in Japan. hot informal someone or something that is hot, is very popular or fashionable and everyone wants to use them, see them, buy them etcone of this year’s hottest fashion trends a hot young singer from Nashvillesomething that is popularbestseller a book that a lot of people buyHis prize-winning book ‘A Year in Provence’ became an international bestseller.blockbuster a film that a lot of people watch, especially an exciting filma Hollywood blockbustera blockbuster moviehit something such as a song, show, or film which is very popular and successfulThe band played all their old hits.The film was a box-office hit (=a lot of people went to see it at the cinema).She stars in ABC’s hit show ‘Desperate Housewives’.sell-out a concert, sports event etc which so many people want to see that all the tickets are soldThe concert was a sell-out.the band’s sell-out tour of the UScult movie/band/figure etc a film, band, person etc that has become very popular and fashionable with a particular group of peoplea cult TV programmecraze something that suddenly becomes popular, so that a lot of people do it, buy it etcthe latest dance craze that has been sweeping the USthe craze for ultra expensive designer jeansfad informal something that is very popular for a short time – used about something that you disapprove of, which you do not think will last for very longMost diets are just fads.I think it’s a passing fad.
COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: done by a lot of people in a society, group etcnounspopular supportThere was widespread popular support for the new law.popular demandShe will be performing here again next month, by popular demand.popular belief/opinionContrary to popular belief, cats are solitary animals.the popular viewThe popular view bears little relation to the known facts.a popular misconception (=a wrong idea that many people have)There is a popular misconception that the town is at the most northerly tip of the country.the popular voteHe won the presidency with almost 86 percent of the popular vote.the popular imaginationThe characters in the series failed to catch the popular imagination.