[ adjective ] regarded with great favor, approval, or affection especially by the general public
"a popular tourist attraction" "a popular girl" "cabbage patch dolls are no longer popular"
Used in print(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)
Stacked_heels are also popular on dressy or tailored shoes .
The citrus tones popular in clothing are also to be found afoot .(The Christian Science Monitor,...)
About that same time John_Crosby 's TV series on the popular arts proved again that giving jazz ample breathing_space is one of the most sensible things a producer can do .(Organic Gardening and Farming,...)
A salad with greens and tomato is a popular and wonderfully healthful addition to a meal , but add an avocado and you have something really special .(Richard I. McCosh, "Recreation Site Selection"...)
This follows naturally since frontage on an ocean , stream , or lake provides scenic values and opportunities for the very popular recreation activities of bathing , fishing , boating , and other water_sports .
[ adjective ] (politics) carried on by or for the people (or citizens) at large
"the popular vote" "popular representation" "institutions of popular government"
Used in print(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)
Constitutional government , popular vote , trial by jury , public education , labor_unions , cooperatives , communes , socialized ownership , world_courts , and the veto power in world_councils are but a_few examples .(Frederick Mosteller et al., Probability with...)
Each person votes for one of a pair of pictures to receive a popular prize .(Douglas Ashford, "Elections in Morocco: Progress...)
All political interests supported electoral planning , although there are some signs that the inherent uncertainties of a popular judgment led to some procrastination .
Lacking the respected and effective institutions that consensus helps provide , minority parties , such_as the P.D.I. in 1957 and the progressive Istiqlal faction in 1958 , clamor for elections when out of power , but are not at_all certain they wish_to be controlled by popular choice when in power .
[ adjective ] representing or appealing to or adapted for the benefit of the people at large
"democratic art forms" "a democratic or popular movement" "popular thought" "popular science" "popular fiction"
Used in print(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)
Not_only in popular thought but in that of the highly educated as_well was this true .
The objectification of the world of spirit in popular superstition had certainly gone far beyond what the experience of spirit could justify or support .
When , therefore , it turned its attention to the concrete entities with which popular imagination had peopled the world of spirit , these entities soon lost whatever status they had enjoyed as actual elements of external reality .
In doing so science has unquestionably cleared_up widespread misconceptions , removed extraneous and illusory sources of fear , and dispelled many undesirable popular superstitions .
Although the particular form of conceptualization which popular imagination had made in response to the experience of spirit was undoubtedly defective , the raw experience itself which led to such excesses remains with us as vividly as ever .
[ adjective ] comprehensible to the general public
"written for the popular press in plain nontechnical language"
Used in print(R. F. Shaw, "The `Private Eye`"...)
Now , although the roots of the mystery_story in serious literature go_back as far as Balzac , Dickens , and Poe , it was not until the closing decades of the 19_th century that the private_detective became an established figure in popular fiction .
[ adjective ] (of music or art) new and of general appeal (especially among young people)
Used in print(Musical America, LXXXI:5...)
Meager and shabby by-products linger to haunt our memories of a once mighty protagonist ; a maladroit reharmonization of our National_Anthem ( The Star-Spangled_Banner ) ; a poor attempt to write an idiomatic jazz concerto ; a circus polka for elephants ; his hopes that the tunes from his old music might be used for popular American commercial songs !