Definition of populous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɒpjʊləs/


Having a large population; densely populated: the populous city of Shanghai
More example sentences
  • Being fed up with the madding crowd in one of the country's most populous cities, I wanted to get closer to nature.
  • This is a very big city of course, it's the biggest city in the state, it's the fourth most populous city in the US.
  • This tide is driven by the two most populous nations in the world.
densely populated, heavily populated, thickly populated, heavily settled, crowded, congested, packed, jammed, crammed, teeming, swarming, seething, crawling, full
informal jam-packed
British informal like Piccadilly Circus





Example sentences
  • Moreover, planters like Long contradicted themselves in blaming polygamy for low fertility while citing the ‘populousness’ of West Africa, where the practice ‘universally prevailed’.
  • The bewildering populousness of Friday night's party was in stark contrast to the scenes on Saturday morning at the rowing, where nobody seemed to have turned up who wasn't either a rower or Tony Blair.
  • One was concerned with the relative populousness of the ancient and modern worlds and the other seven were contributions to what is now called economics.


Late Middle English: from late Latin populosus, from populus 'people'.

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