ca·​pa·​cious | \ kə-ˈpā-shəs How to pronounce capacious (audio) \

Definition of capacious

: containing or capable of containing a great deal the museum's capacious rooms

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Other Words from capacious

capaciously adverb
capaciousness noun

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spacious, commodious, capacious, ample mean larger in extent or capacity than the average. spacious implies great length and breadth. a spacious front lawn commodious stresses roominess and comfortableness. a commodious and airy penthouse apartment capacious stresses the ability to hold, contain, or retain more than the average. a capacious suitcase ample implies having a greater size, expanse, or amount than that deemed adequate. ample closet space

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that car has a capacious trunk that makes it a good choice for families
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First Known Use of capacious

1606, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for capacious

Latin capac-, capax capacious, capable, from Latin capere — see capable

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The first known use of capacious was in 1606

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4 Apr 2021

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“Capacious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of capacious

formal : able to hold or contain a lot : large in capacity


ca·​pa·​cious | \ kə-ˈpā-shəs How to pronounce capacious (audio) \

Kids Definition of capacious

: able to hold a great deal a capacious pocket

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