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[pop-yuh-luh s] /ˈpɒp yə ləs/
full of residents or inhabitants, as a region; heavily populated.
jammed or crowded with people:
There's no more populous place than Times Square on New Year's Eve.
forming or comprising a large number or quantity:
Because of epidemics the tribes are not nearly so populous as they once were.
Origin of populous
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English populus < Latin populōsus. See people, -ous
Related forms
populously, adverb
populousness, noun
nonpopulous, adjective
nonpopulously, adverb
nonpopulousness, noun
overpopulous, adjective
overpopulously, adverb
overpopulousness, noun
unpopulous, adjective
unpopulously, adverb
unpopulousness, noun
Can be confused
populace, population, populous.
2. swarming, packed, teeming. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for populous
  • It's an area that's populous and more urban, and so it carries less of a musical history.
  • The media is too sly and the propaganda is too thick for the general populous to decipher the truth.
  • But the picture in the mixed and highly populous center of the country is, if anything, becoming more complicated.
  • No other advanced, populous country will see such diversity.
  • It isn't really clear how populous the largest urban areas there would have been.
  • With animal habitat and grain patches shrinking, a number of villages suddenly became too populous for the local food supply.
  • The wealth gap explains why congresspeople seem so terribly disconnected from the plight of the populous.
  • Here in the country's vast and populous rice-farming heartland, it approaches adoration.
  • Since developing economies are more populous than rich ones, they will inevitably come to dominate the world economy.
British Dictionary definitions for populous


containing many inhabitants; abundantly populated
Derived Forms
populously, adverb
populousness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin populōsus
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Word Origin and History for populous

early 15c., from post-classical Latin populosus "full of people, populous," from populus "people" (see people (n.)). Related: Populousness.

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