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adjective pop·u·lous \ˈpä-pyə-ləs\

: having a large population

Full Definition of POPULOUS

a :  densely populated
b :  having a large population
a :  numerous
b :  filled to capacity
pop·u·lous·ly adverb
pop·u·lous·ness noun

Examples of POPULOUS

  1. the most populous state in the U.S.

Origin of POPULOUS

Middle English, from Latin populosus, from populus people
First Known Use: 15th century
POPULOUSNESS Defined for Kids


adjective pop·u·lous \ˈpä-pyə-ləs\

Definition of POPULOUS for Kids

:  having a large population <a populous city>

Word Root of POPULOUS

The Latin word populus, meaning people, gives us the root popul. Words from the Latin populus have something to do with people. A population is the group of people living in a particular place. Anything popular is common among or enjoyed by many people. A place that is populous has many people living in it.


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