[ pop-yuh-luhs ]
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  1. full of residents or inhabitants, as a region; heavily populated.

  2. jammed or crowded with people: There's no more populous place than Times Square on New Year's Eve.

  1. 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

1400–50; late Middle English populus<Latin populōsus.See people, -ous

Other words for populous

Other words from populous

  • pop·u·lous·ly, adverb
  • pop·u·lous·ness, noun
  • non·pop·u·lous, adjective
  • non·pop·u·lous·ly, adverb
  • non·pop·u·lous·ness, noun
  • o·ver·pop·u·lous, adjective
  • o·ver·pop·u·lous·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·pop·u·lous·ness, noun
  • un·pop·u·lous, adjective
  • un·pop·u·lous·ly, adverb
  • un·pop·u·lous·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for populous


/ (ˈpɒpjʊləs) /

  1. containing many inhabitants; abundantly populated

Origin of populous

C15: from Late Latin populōsus

Derived forms of populous

  • populously, adverb
  • populousness, noun

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