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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 ?
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.
No populous city, with all the varieties of commerce and stately structures, could afford so much pleasure to my mind, as the beauties of nature I found here.
Let us behold, in poor Hepzibah, the immemorial, lady--two hundred years old, on this side of the water, and thrice as many on the other, --with her antique portraits, pedigrees, coats of arms, records and traditions, and her claim, as joint heiress, to that princely territory at the eastward, no longer a wilderness, but a populous fertility,--born, too, in Pyncheon Street, under the Pyncheon Elm, and in the Pyncheon House, where she has spent all her days, --reduced.
For three hundred and sixty miles, gentlemen, through the entire breadth of the state of New York; through numerous populous cities and most thriving villages; through long, dismal, uninhabited swamps, and affluent, cultivated fields, unrivalled for fertility; by billiard-room and bar-room; through the holy-of-holies of great forests; on Roman arches over Indian rivers; through sun and shade; by happy hearts or broken; through all the wide contrasting scenery of those noble Mohawk counties; and especially, by rows of snow-white chapels, whose spires stand almost like milestones, flows one continual stream of Venetianly corrupt and often lawless life.
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.
Where was my great commerce that so lately had made these glistening expanses populous and beautiful with its white-winged flocks?
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.
Miss Miranda, had she lived in a populous neighborhood, would have had her doorbell pulled, her gate tied up, or "dirt traps" set in her garden paths.
Highbury, the large and populous village, almost amounting to a town, to which Hartfield, in spite of its separate lawn, and shrubberies, and name, did really belong, afforded her no equals.
We were now, as far as I could see, on a sort of common; but there were houses scattered all over the district; I felt we were in a different region to Lowood, more populous, less picturesque; more stirring, less romantic.
In the scattered situations where shops appear, those shops are not besieged by the crowds of more populous thoroughfares.
We followed her at a short distance, our way lying in the same direction, until we came back into the lighted and populous streets.