Origin of populousClassical Latin populosus ; from populus, people
Origin of populousMiddle English, from Latin popul&omacron;sus, from populus, the people; see popular.
(comparative more populous, superlative most populous)
- Having a large population.
- China is the most populous country in the world.
- (of a language) Spoken by a large number of people.
- Chinese is the most populous language.
- Densely populated.
- The Nile delta is a populous region.
- Crowded with people.
- Airport departure halls are often populous places during the rush hours.
First used in English in the mid 15th century; from Latin populosus (“full of people, populous").