Meaning of “popular” in the English Dictionary

"popular" in English

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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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(Definition of “popular” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ˈpɑp·jə·lər/

popular adjective (LIKED)

liked, enjoyed, or admired by many people or by most people in a particular group:

In-line skating is increasingly popular.

popular adjective (GENERAL)

involving or relating to ordinary people or to all the people who live in a country or area:

Contrary to popular belief, air travel is less dangerous than travel by car.
noun [ U ] us /ˌpɑp·jəˈlær·ɪ·t̬i/

The governor’s popularity will probably guarantee his reelection.

(Definition of “popular” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)