• (British) IPA: /ˈpɒpjʊləs/
  • (America) enPR: päpʹyə-ləs, IPA: /ˈpɑpjələs/


  1. Having a large population.
    ''China is the most populous country in the world.
  2. (of a, language) Spoken by a large number of people.
    Chinese is the most populous language.
    • , Victoria Fromkin, ‎Robert Rodman, ‎Nina M. Hyams, An Introduction to Language ISBN 1111784094, page 524:
      The Sino-Tibetan family includes Mandarin, the most populous language in the world, spoken by more than one billion Chinese.
  3. Densely populated.
    The Nile delta is a populous region.
  4. Crowded with people.
    Airport departure halls are often populous places during the rush hours.

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