Definition of popular culture in English:

popular culture


  • Culture based on the tastes of ordinary people rather than an educated elite.

    ‘the assimilation of elements of popular culture into the fine arts’
    • ‘an icon of popular culture’
    • ‘At the time, South African popular culture was much influenced by the United States.’
    • ‘Sometimes it's not clear whether popular culture reflects reality or distorts it.’
    • ‘They are well-informed on world affairs and popular culture.’
    • ‘You look around and we live in a world which is completely suffused with popular culture.’
    • ‘If anything, popular culture has become more vulgar in recent years.’
    • ‘Teenagers in rural areas are no longer shut off from international popular culture.’
    • ‘Music is probably the most important aspect of Cuba's popular culture.’
    • ‘American popular culture is known all over the world.’
    • ‘Superheroes form such a vital part of popular culture one wonders why there aren't more games with a superhero theme.’
    • ‘Students reviewed images of forests in art and popular culture to trace how American attitudes toward forests have unfolded.’
    • ‘Contemporary popular culture offers alternative, positive images of lawyers.’
    • ‘Pundits often speculate why the Rat Pack remains so deeply embedded in popular culture.’
    • ‘My job requires me to stay on top of all the hot trends in popular culture.’
    • ‘The 1950s was a time when popular culture was racing ahead and society was caught in the middle between old values and the new consumer society.’
    • ‘All forms of popular culture have a habit of exaggerating the gifts of their fallen heroes.’
    • ‘Popular culture is much more indicative of what people do than what they say they do.’
    • ‘You only have to look at the popular culture of the late 40s and 50s and you see aircraft and jet imagery everywhere.’
    • ‘Popular culture is awash in masculine images.’
    • ‘It's a big mistake to underestimate the pull of popular culture.’
    • ‘The painting has become part of American popular culture, and the couple has been the subject of endless parodies.’