spa·​cious ˈspā-shəs How to pronounce spacious (audio)
: vast or ample in extent : roomy
a spacious residence
: large or magnificent in scale : expansive
a more spacious and stimulating existence than the farm could offerH. L. Mencken
spaciously adverb
spaciousness 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

Examples of spacious in a Sentence

almost all of the guests were able to fit into the spacious living room
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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French spacioux, from Latin spatiosus, from spatium space, room

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of spacious was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Spacious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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spa·​cious ˈspā-shəs How to pronounce spacious (audio)
: large or vast in size or capacity
spaciously adverb
spaciousness noun

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