Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective densely populated

Etymologies

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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."

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