- 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
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Examples from the Web for populous
In populous Miami-Dade County, bathrooms will be closed in polling places on Election Day.The ID Whose Time Has Come
April 16, 2014
Fairfax County, the most populous jurisdiction in the state, was once a Republican bastion.Virginia Election: 5 Things to Watch Tuesday
November 5, 2013
Boot details, however, that providing basic security for a populous need not entail brutal methods.How Do You Defeat an Invisible Army?
February 18, 2013
It is the sixth–most populous country in the world, with the largest youth cohort anywhere.New Pakistan Ambassador Brings Frank Talk to Washington Relations
February 21, 2012
New York, with 19.4 million residents, is the sixth and most populous state to legalize gay marriage.New York Gets Hitched!
July 24, 2011
He found himself an outcast in the midst of the populous camp.White Fang
Even the Esmeralda Mountains were no longer roamed by populous herds.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
The convent was situated in the most populous part of Madrid.Roman Catholicism in Spain
Yes, it was a far cry from the African jungles to populous Manhattan.The Mind Master
Arthur J. Burks
From this place he marched two stages—ten parasangs—to Tyriaeum, a populous city.Anabasis
- containing many inhabitants; abundantly populated
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.