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ˈpɒp yə ləspop·u·lous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. populous, thickly settledadjective

    densely populated


  1. populousnoun

    Populous is primarily a US /Canadian misspelling of populace .

  2. populousadjective

    Having a large population

    China is the most populous country of the World.

  3. populousadjective

    Densely populated.

    The Nile delta is a populous region.

  4. populousadjective

    Crowded with people.

    Airport departure halls are often populous places during the rush hours.

  5. Etymology: 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."

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. POPULOUSadjective

    Full of people; numerously inhabited.

    Etymology: populosus, Lat.

    A wilderness is populous enough,
    So Suffolk had thy heav’nly company. William Shakespeare.

    Far the greater part have kept
    Their station; heav’n yet populous, retains
    Number sufficient to possess her realms. John Milton.


  1. populous

    Populous refers to a place that is characterized by having a high population or large number of inhabitants. It is often used to describe cities, towns, regions, or countries that are densely populated.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Populousadjective

    abounding in people; full of inhabitants; containing many inhabitants in proportion to the extent of the country

  2. Populousadjective

    popular; famous

  3. Populousadjective

    common; vulgar

  4. Populousadjective

    numerous; in large number

  5. Etymology: [L. populosus, fr. populus people: cf. F. populeux.]


  1. Populous

    Populous is an award-winning computer game designed by Peter Molyneux for Bullfrog in 1989, and is regarded by many as the first PC god game. It is the first game in the Populous series, preceding Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods and Populous: The Beginning.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of populous in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of populous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of populous in a Sentence

  1. Jonathan Pryke:

    Most of the drivers of the tension have been in the country for many decades and generations, and a lot of it is born out of the abject poverty of the country, the limited economic development opportunities and the inter-ethnic and inter-island rivalry between the two most populous islands, so everyone's pointing fingers, but some fingers also need to be pointed at the political leaders of the Solomon Islands.

  2. Leigh Henry:

    The threat is still the gillnet, but Leigh Henry’re now dealing with a whole new industry, instead of legal shrimp fishers, we’re now dealing with transnational organized crime and people working on the black market. In the last few years, the Mexican government has stepped up its efforts to curtail poaching in the Gulf of California – the body of water that separates the Baja Peninsula from the rest of Mexico – adding in June two small boats, a number of vehicles and 135 sailors to an enforcement force deployed in 2015 under the Upper Gulf of California Integrated Protection Program. The new support joined the 13 ships, five vehicles, a helicopter-carrying ship and a plane already deployed to combat illegal fishing in the region. The U.S., which is seen as the main transshipment country for the totoaba’s bladders, has also joined in the fight against traffickers. Last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 1,328 pounds of totoaba fish bladders that were in route to Hong Kong. While conservationists agree that the main battle to save the totoaba and vaquita is in Mexican water, they acknowledge that the demand for the bladders in China is the reason for the illegal trade and argued that officials in Beijing and Hong Kong need to crack down on the underground fish trade. ' WORLD'S SADDEST POLAR BEAR' MOVED AFTER OUTPOURING OF OUTRAGE TOWARDS CHINESE MALL The problem, experts argue, is that wildlife trafficking is so pervasive in the world’s most populous nation that authorities are stretched thin and forced to give priority to larger cases.

  3. Ahmed Al-Qureshi:

    What could aggravate the problem even more is the complete halt of the education process in Yemen's most populous areas, which will lead boys to go to battle as child soldiers and girls to early marriages.

  4. Bob Deans:

    As the most populous country on Earth, China has much to do with the kind of world the next generation will inherit, in our country and around the world, we’re proud of our work, in China and elsewhere, helping to create a more sustainable future for everyone, and we look forward to discussing that work with Chairman Bishop and the committee.

  5. Jim Sparling:

    On a per capita basis, we are second only to Ontario (Canada's most populous province) for installed solar capacity.

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