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adjective uk   /ˈpɒp.jə.lər/  us   /ˈpɑː.pjə.lɚ/

popular adjective (LIKED)

A2 liked, enjoyed, or supported by many people: She's the most popular teacher in school. That song was popular with people from my father's generation. Walking is a popular form of exercise in Britain. How popular is Madonna among/with teenagers?informal Jan wasn't very popular (= people were annoyed by her) when she opened all the windows on that cold day.
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popular adjective (GENERAL)

B2 [before noun] for or involving ordinary people rather than experts or very educated people: popular music/entertainment/culture The issue was virtually ignored by the popular press. The popular myth is that air travel is more dangerous than travel by car or bus.
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