Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

pop-up - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adjective     pop-up pronunciation in British English
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    a pop-up book or card has pictures inside that have been cut out so that they stand up when you open the pages
  2. 2
    a pop-up toaster pushes the pieces of bread up when they are ready to eat
  3. 3
    computing used for describing something that appears suddenly on a computer screen when you are looking at the Internet, or when you click the mouse or press a key

    a pop-up menu

  4. 4
    a pop-up restaurant, shop, gallery etc opens for a short time, sometimes in a surprising location

    Though pop-up dining has come to the UK late, it’s come with a vengeance.

    It’s by far the biggest and best-known example of an exciting trend in cinema-going: the pop-up cinema.



the situation of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


a rise in the level of a stream or river

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play