from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Widely liked or appreciated: a popular resort.
- adj. Liked by acquaintances; sought after for company: "Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved” ( Margaret Fuller).
- adj. Of, representing, or carried on by the people at large: the popular vote.
- adj. Fit for, adapted to, or reflecting the taste of the people at large: popular entertainment; popular science.
- adj. Accepted by or prevalent among the people in general: a popular misunderstanding of the issue.
- adj. Suited to or within the means of ordinary people: popular prices.
- adj. Originating among the people: popular legend.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the common people, or to the whole body of the people, as distinguished from a select portion
- adj. Suitable to common people; easy to be comprehended; not abstruse; familiar; plain.
- adj. Adapted to the means of the common people; possessed or obtainable by the many; hence, cheap; common; ordinary; inferior
- adj. Beloved or approved by the people; pleasing to people in general, or to many people
- adj. Devoted to the common people; studious of the favor of the populace.
- adj. Prevailing among the people; epidemic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the people; constituted by or depending on the people, especially the common people: as, the popular voice; popular elections; popular government.
- Suitable to or intended for common people; easy to be comprehended; not technical or abstruse; plain; familiar: as, a popular treatise on astronomy.
- Enjoying the favor of the people; pleasing to people in general: as, a popular preacher; a popular war or peace.
- Desirous of obtaining the favor of the people; courting the vulgar; of demagogic proclivities.
- Prevailing among the people; epidemic.
- Plebeian; vulgar.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. representing or appealing to or adapted for the benefit of the people at large
- adj. carried on by or for the people (or citizens) at large
- adj. regarded with great favor, approval, or affection especially by the general public
- adj. (of music or art) new and of general appeal (especially among young people)
Middle English populer, commonly known, from Old French populeir, of the people, from Latin populāris, from populus, the people, of Etruscan origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin populāris, from populus ("people") + -āris ("-ar"). (Wiktionary)