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[kuh-moh-dee-uh s] /kəˈmoʊ di əs/
spacious and convenient; roomy:
a commodious apartment.
ample or adequate for a particular purpose:
a commodious harbor.
Origin of commodious
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin commodiōsus, equivalent to Latin commodi(tās) convenience (see commodity) + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
commodiously, adverb
commodiousness, noun
noncommodious, adjective
noncommodiously, adverb
noncommodiousness, noun
uncommodious, adjective Unabridged
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  • When you reach the top, you find yourself in a large, comfortable space with commodious seats and tables.
  • The residences were usually large, roomy and commodious, and a large space was always devoted to the duties of hospitality.
  • The new and commodious edifice was filled by an enthusiastic congregation.
  • The quarters provided for the boys are exceedingly comfortable and commodious.
  • The main residence has four bedrooms or offers untold options as three independent commodious suites.
  • The setting is bright and cheerful, with plenty of elbow room and commodious seating.
  • All bathrooms are commodious by cruise liner standards and have full baths and showers.
  • The four-door cab provides commodious seating and storage cubbies galore.
  • Still, the structures are neither warm nor commodious, and the reporter's note-taking is hampered by blowing on her hands.
  • It is plush and commodious, with nary a space-saving innovation in sight.
British Dictionary definitions for commodious


(of buildings, rooms, etc) large and roomy; spacious
(archaic) suitable; convenient
Derived Forms
commodiously, adverb
commodiousness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin commodiōsus, from Latin commodus convenient, from com- with + modus measure
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Word Origin and History for commodious

early 15c., "beneficial, convenient," from Medieval Latin commodiosus "convenient, useful," from Latin commodus (see commode). Meaning "roomy, spacious" first attested 1550s. Related: Commodiously; commodiousness.

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