populous

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adjective pop·u·lous \ˈpä-pyə-ləs\

Definition of populous

  1. 1a :  densely populatedb :  having a large population

  2. 2a :  numerousb :  filled to capacity

populously

adverb

populousness

noun

Examples of populous in a sentence

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

Did You Know?

With a metropolitan area of more than 20 million people, Mexico City could be called the world's second or third most populous city. And the nearby Aztec city of Tenochtitlán was one of the largest cities in the world even when Hernán Cortés arrived there in 1519. But by the time Cortés conquered the city in 1521 it wasn't nearly so populous, since European diseases had greatly reduced the population. Avoid confusing populous and populace, which are pronounced exactly the same.

Origin and Etymology of populous

Middle English, from Latin populosus, from populus people


First Known Use: 15th century


POPULOUS Defined for English Language Learners

populous

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adjective pop·u·lous \ˈpä-pyə-ləs\

Definition of populous for English Language Learners

  • : having a large population


POPULOUS Defined for Kids

populous

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adjective pop·u·lous \ˈpä-pyə-ləs\

Definition of populous for Students

  1. :  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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