"When I first stepped into Elaine's, in 1964, it was simply one large, permissive room," Jack Richardson says.
To a large degree, the report saw the continuation of recent trends.
We had a large home, and we took them in and sheltered them for six months, maybe longer.
c.1200, "bountiful, inclined to give or spend freely," also, of areas, "great in expanse," from Old French large "broad, wide; generous, bounteous," from Latin largus "abundant, copious, plentiful; bountiful, liberal in giving," of unknown origin. Main modern meanings "extensive; big in overall size" emerged 14c. An older sense of "liberated, free from restraining influence" is preserved in at large (late 14c.). Adjective phrase larger-than-life first attested 1937 (bigger than life is from 1640s).