populous

[pop-yuh-luhs]
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adjective
  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.
  3. 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 formspop·u·lous·ly, adverbpop·u·lous·ness, nounnon·pop·u·lous, adjectivenon·pop·u·lous·ly, adverbnon·pop·u·lous·ness, nouno·ver·pop·u·lous, adjectiveo·ver·pop·u·lous·ly, adverbo·ver·pop·u·lous·ness, nounun·pop·u·lous, adjectiveun·pop·u·lous·ly, adverbun·pop·u·lous·ness, noun
Can be confusedpopulace population populous

Synonyms for populous

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2. swarming, packed, teeming.
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Examples from the Web for populous

Contemporary Examples of populous

Historical Examples of populous

  • He found himself an outcast in the midst of the populous camp.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • 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.

  • 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 Thymbrium, a populous city.

    Anabasis

    Xenophon


British Dictionary definitions for populous

populous

adjective
  1. 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
adj.

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

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