popular (adj.)

early 15c., "public," from Middle French populier (Modern French populaire) and directly from Latin popularis "belonging to the people, general, common; devoted to or accepted by the people; democratic," from populus "people" (see people (n.)).

Meaning "suited to ordinary people" is from 1570s in English; hence, of prices, "low, affordable to average persons" (1859). Meaning "well-liked, admired by the people" is attested from c. 1600. Of art, entertainment, etc., "favored by people generally" from 1819 (popular song). Related: Popularly. Popular Front "coalition of Communists, Socialists, and radicals" is from 1936, first in a French context.

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Definitions of popular from WordNet

popular (adj.)
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
popular (adj.)
carried on by or for the people (or citizens) at large;
the popular vote
institutions of popular government
popular representation
popular (adj.)
representing or appealing to or adapted for the benefit of the people at large;
popular fiction
popular science
a democratic or popular movement
popular thought
Synonyms: democratic
popular (adj.)
(of music or art) new and of general appeal (especially among young people);
Synonyms: pop