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Meaning of “popular” in the English Dictionary

"popular" in British English

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popularadjective

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 withpeople from my father's ​generation. Walking is a popular ​form of ​exercise in ​Britain. How popular is ​Madonna among/withteenagers?informal Jan wasn't very popular (= ​people were ​annoyed by her) when she ​opened all the ​windows on that ​coldday.
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popular adjective (GENERAL)

B2 [before noun] for or ​involvingordinarypeoplerather than ​experts or very ​educatedpeople: popular ​music/​entertainment/​culture The ​issue was ​virtuallyignored by the popular ​press. The popular ​myth is that ​airtravel is more ​dangerous than ​travel by ​car or ​bus.
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(Definition of popular from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"popular" in American English

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popularadjective

 us   /ˈpɑp·jə·lər/

popular adjective (LIKED)

liked, ​enjoyed, or ​admired by many ​people or by most ​people in a ​particulargroup: In-line ​skating is ​increasingly popular.

popular adjective (GENERAL)

involving or ​relating to ​ordinarypeople or to all the ​people who ​live in a ​country or ​area: Contrary to popular ​belief, ​airtravel is less ​dangerous than ​travel by ​car.
popularity
noun [U]  us   /ˌpɑp·jəˈlær·ɪ·t̬i/
The governor’s popularity will ​probablyguarantee his reelection.
(Definition of popular from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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