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pop·u·lar / ˈpäpyələr/ • adj. 1. liked, admired, or enjoyed by many people or by a particular person or group: she was one of the most popular girls in the school these cheeses are very popular in Europe.2. (of cultural activities or products) intended for or suited to the taste, understanding, or means of the general public rather than specialists or intellectuals: the popular press. ∎  (of a belief or attitude) held by the majority of the general public: many adult cats, contrary to popular opinion, dislike milk.3. (of political activity) of or carried on by the people as a whole rather than restricted to politicians or political parties: a popular revolt against colonial rule.DERIVATIVES: pop·u·lar·ism / -ˌrizəm/ n.

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