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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 ?
The populous States would, with little difficulty, overrun their less populous neighbors.
From the nature of what he was now doing it was inferable that the place was not so populous as its register may have shown it to be.
There were great cages populous with fluttering and chattering foreign birds, and other great cages and greater wire pens, populous with quadrupeds, both native and foreign.
Otto Fuchs said he had seen populous dog-towns in the desert where there was no surface water for fifty miles; he insisted that some of the holes must go down to water--nearly two hundred feet, hereabouts.
He also endeavoured, that his community might not be too populous, to lessen the connection with women, by introducing the love of boys: whether in this he did well or ill we shall have some other opportunity of considering.
The street is in a populous and a poor neighbourhood.
Comparing the humped herds of whales with the humped herds of buffalo, which, not forty years ago, overspread by tens of thousands the prairies of Illinois and Missouri, and shook their iron manes and scowled with their thunder-clotted brows upon the sites of populous river-capitals, where now the polite broker sells you land at a dollar an inch; in such a comparison an irresistible argument would seem furnished, to show that the hunted whale cannot now escape speedy extinction.
Then this wicked enchantress changed the capital, which was a very populous and flourishing city, into the lake and desert plain you saw.
God willing, I will check this vain repining,' she said, while the tears coursed one another down her cheeks in spite of her efforts; but she wiped them away, and resolutely shaking back her head, continued, 'I will exert myself, and look out for a small house, commodiously situated in some populous but healthy district, where we will take a few young ladies to board and educate--if we can get them--and as many day pupils as will come, or as we can manage to instruct.
He walked moodily some paces up the once populous avenue, then, with a heavy sigh, turned in the direction of the river, and, plunging through a great variety of devious ways, came out, at length, in view of one of the principal theatres.
Where was my great commerce that so lately had made these glistening expanses populous and beautiful with its white-winged flocks?
However, since he seems a friend of yours, here goes--" And with the gladdest, most grateful sound in the world, the happy smack of a fish back home again in the water, after an appalling three minutes spent on land, that prophetic trout was once more an active unit in God's populous universe.