Etymology
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popularity (n.)

"fact or condition of being beloved by the people, popular character or quality," c. 1600, from French popularité (15c.), from popular + -ity. Classical Latin popularitas meant "fellow-citizenship, a being of the same country." Popularity contest is attested from 1880.

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Definitions of popularity

popularity (n.)
the quality of being widely admired or accepted or sought after;
the universal popularity of American movies
his charm soon won him affection and popularity
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