Definition of populous in English:



  • Having a large population; densely populated.

    ‘the populous city of Shanghai’
    • ‘The capital city, Bujumbura, is the populous and most industrialized city.’
    • ‘It ranks 10th in the world, just behind much more populous nations such as China and Brazil.’
    • ‘It's the tenth most populous city in the world and continues to expand like anything.’
    • ‘This tide is driven by the two most populous nations in the world.’
    • ‘Islamic radicals in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, dismissed the tape as propaganda.’
    • ‘It is, after all, the world's largest democracy and second most populous nation.’
    • ‘These are natural questions from people who have spent their lives in populous western cities.’
    • ‘He will wind up his trip in Nigeria, the continent's most populous nation and biggest oil producer.’
    • ‘The fighting is just the latest bout of ethnic violence to grip Africa's most populous nation.’
    • ‘The populous cities in particular became dependent on distant agricultural trade.’
    • ‘The drop in prices was driven by a 5.4 per cent decline in Sydney, the most populous city.’
    • ‘Corruption has spawned popular anger and instability lurks in the world's most populous nation.’
    • ‘All this despite the fact that Scotland is one of the least populous nations in Europe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The most populous nation on earth is undergoing the most rapid economic growth in human history.’
    • ‘Late last year it looked as if the most populous nation and the most widespread faith were reconciling.’
    • ‘He represented the least populous state in the nation, and one of the poorest.’
    • ‘After his death, Americans might insist on having some real elections in that populous nation.’
    • ‘Germany is the most populous nation in the European Community and has the largest economy.’
    • ‘Being fed up with the madding crowd in one of the country's most populous cities, I wanted to get closer to nature.’
    densely populated, heavily populated, thickly populated, heavily settled, crowded, congested, packed, jammed, crammed, teeming, swarming, seething, crawling, full
    like piccadilly circus
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Late Middle English: from late Latin populosus, from populus people.