Definition of populous in English:



  • Having a large population; densely populated.

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