adjective com·mo·di·ous \ kə-ˈmō-dē-əs \

Definition of commodious

1 : comfortably or conveniently spacious : roomy
  • a commodious closet
2 archaic : handy, serviceable





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Examples of commodious in a Sentence

  1. a house with exceptionally commodious closets

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Although it's now used to mean "roomy," in the 18th century "commodious" was regularly used to mean "handy" or "serviceable," a meaning that is true to the word's Latin ancestor, commodum, meaning "convenience." Poet William Cowper used the word in that original sense in a letter referring to a vessel that served double duty, carrying mackerel and herring from a seaside town to London, then making the return trip carrying passengers. As Cowper observed, "The cheapness of the conveyance made it equally commodious for dead fish and lively company." (No doubt the arriving passengers had a lively smell, which may be one reason why Cowper also noted that some visitors to the seaside town were company whom "people who were nice in the choice of their company, were rather fearful of keeping company with.")

Origin and Etymology of commodious

Middle English, fertile, useful, modification of Medieval Latin commodosus, from Latin commodum convenience, from neuter of commodus

Synonym Discussion of commodious

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

COMMODIOUS Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of commodious for English Language Learners

  • : having a lot of space

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