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Containing many people or inhabitants; having a large population.

[Middle English, from Latin populōsus, from populus, the people; see popular.]

pop′u·lous·ly adv.
pop′u·lous·ness n.


containing many inhabitants; abundantly populated
[C15: from Late Latin populōsus]
ˈpopulously adv
ˈpopulousness n


(ˈpɒp yə ləs)

1. containing many residents or inhabitants; heavily populated: a populous area.
2. jammed or crowded with people.
3. forming or comprising a large number or quantity; numerous.
[1400–50; late Middle English populus < Latin populōsus. See people, -ous]
pop′u•lous•ly, adv.
pop′u•lous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.populous - densely populated
inhabited - having inhabitants; lived in; "the inhabited regions of the earth"


adjective populated, crowded, packed, swarming, thronged, teeming, heavily populated, overpopulated Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world.
مُزْدَحِم بالسُّكّان
òéttbÿll; margmennur


[ˈpɒpjʊləs] ADJpopuloso
the most populous city in the worldla ciudad más populosa del mundo


[ˈpɒpjʊləs] adj [city] → populeux/eusepop-up book nlivre m animé (avec pliages qui s'ouvrent)pop-up menu nmenu m (qui s'affiche à l'écran sur commande)


adj countrydicht besiedelt; town, area alsomit vielen Einwohnern, einwohnerstark


[ˈpɒpjʊləs] adjpopoloso/a, densamente popolato/a


(ˈpopjuleit) verb
(usually in passive) to fill with people. That part of the world used to be populated by wandering tribes.
ˌpopuˈlation noun
the people living in a particular country, area etc. the population of London is 8 million; a rapid increase in population.
ˈpopulous adjective
full of people. a populous area.

population is singular: The population of the city increases in the summer .
References in classic literature ?
Natural as it is to be somewhat incredulous concerning the populousness of the more enormous creatures of the globe, yet what shall we say to Harto, the historian of Goa, when he tells us that at one hunting the King of Siam took elephants; that in those regions elephants are numerous as droves of cattle in the temperate climes.
Whoever considers the populousness and strength of several of these States singly at the present juncture, and looks forward to what they will become, even at the distance of half a century, will at once dismiss as idle and visionary any scheme which aims at regulating their movements by laws to operate upon them in their collective capacities, and to be executed by a coercion applicable to them in the same capacities.
By degrees the populousness of this encampment began to produce its inconveniences.
There appears to be a tendency to extinction among all the savage nations; and this tendency would seem to have been in operation among the aboriginals of this country long before the advent of the white men, if we may judge from the traces and traditions of ancient populousness in regions which were silent and deserted at the time of the discovery; and from the mysterious and perplexing vestiges of unknown races, predecessors of those found in actual possession, and who must long since have become gradually extinguished or been destroyed.