ca·​pa·​cious | \kə-ˈpā-shəs \

Definition of capacious 

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from capacious

capaciously adverb
capaciousness noun

Synonyms for capacious


ample, commodious, roomy, spacious

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for capacious

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

Examples of capacious in a Sentence

that car has a capacious trunk that makes it a good choice for families

Recent Examples on the Web

For his part, Mr. Glancy of the Small Pocket Situation found a suitably capacious alternative in dress shirts from Charles Tyrwhitt, a Brooks Brothers rival. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "What to Do When Your Favorite Clothing Item Gets Discontinued," 4 June 2018 Its capacious main theater will be able to be adapted for seated and standing-only general admission performances. Dan Deluca,, "The Met: Former North Broad opera house will open as new concert venue in December," 22 May 2018 The plotless performance begins in the capacious front room, then soon moves into the bi-level back room. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "Exponential Festival: Unexpected Theater in Unfamiliar Real Estate," 24 Jan. 2018 The dialogue teems with discussions of Rimbaud, Walt Whitman, W.H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood, and Honoré's intellectually capacious script doesn't treat these references as digressive or ornamental. Justin Chang,, "Cannes: Passion and politics merge in the exquisite doomed romances of 'Ash Is Purest White,' 'Cold War'," 13 May 2018 The increasing use of the cloud for video streaming is a major factor driving the need for ever more capacious data centers, as is the rise of bitcoin mining. Feargus O'sullivan, WIRED, "Denmark's Carbon Footprint Is Set to Balloon—Blame Big Tech," 26 June 2018 In between, the show ranged throughout the songwriter’s capacious catalog, with plenty of hits and no shortage of deep cuts. Dan Deluca,, "Review: Paul Simon says goodbye, still restless after all these years," 17 June 2018 Ellie travels upstate to spend time by herself at a friend’s capacious summer home. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "Review: In ‘My Art,’ the Artist Laurie Simmons Plays an Artist," 11 Jan. 2018 By 2004, the iTunes Music Store had launched, along with slimmer, cheaper, and more capacious iPods that worked with Windows in addition to Mac. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Apple's Airpods Are an Omen," 12 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'capacious.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about capacious

Statistics for capacious

Last Updated

23 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for capacious

The first known use of capacious was in 1606

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for capacious



English Language Learners Definition of capacious

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


ca·​pa·​cious | \kə-ˈpā-shəs \

Kids Definition of capacious

: able to hold a great deal a capacious pocket

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on capacious

What made you want to look up capacious? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


playful or foolish behavior

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!