Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Containing many people or inhabitants; having a large population.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a large population
  • adj. Densely populated.
  • adj. Crowded with people.
  • n. Alternative spelling of populace. Populous is primarily a US /Canadian misspelling of populace .

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Abounding in people; full of inhabitants; containing many inhabitants in proportion to the extent of the country.
  • adj. Popular; famous.
  • adj. Common; vulgar.
  • adj. Numerous; in large number.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of people; containing many inhabitants in proportion to the extent of the country.
  • Numerous; multitudinous.
  • Pleasing or acceptable to the people; popular.
  • Suited to the populace; coarse; vulgar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. densely populated

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin populōsus, from populus, the people; see popular.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Populous was first coined in the English language in the mid 15th century and stems from the circa 160 AD Latin term populosus meaning "full of people, populous." (Wiktionary)

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