[ pop-yuh-luhs ]
/ 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

1400–50; late Middle English populus < Latin populōsus. See people, -ous
Related forms
Can be confusedpopulace population populous
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British Dictionary definitions for populous


/ (ˈpɒpjʊləs) /


containing many inhabitants; abundantly populated
Derived Formspopulously, adverbpopulousness, noun

Word Origin for populous

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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