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[spey-shuh s] /ˈspeɪ ʃəs/
containing much space, as a house, room, or vehicle; amply large.
occupying much space; vast.
of a great extent or area; broad; large; great:
the spacious prairies.
broad in scope, range, inclusiveness, etc.:
a spacious approach to a problem.
Origin of spacious
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin spatiōsus, equivalent to spati(um) space + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
spaciously, adverb
spaciousness, noun
nonspacious, adjective
nonspaciously, adverb
nonspaciousness, noun
overspacious, adjective
overspaciously, adverb
overspaciousness, noun
unspacious, adjective
unspaciously, adverb
unspaciousness, noun
1. roomy, capacious. 2. extensive, huge, tremendous.
1. small, cramped. Unabridged
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  • spacious pastures led up by slow degrees to ordered clusters of wood, which hinted at the presence of some great manor house.

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
  • spacious and genial was the old homely house, with its impartial square.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • spacious mirrors in gilt frames formed panels in the lower part of the walls, the remainder being toned in sage-green.

    The Hand of Ethelberta Thomas Hardy
  • spacious and graceful it looked as it reared its uprights into the air.

  • spacious and comfortable-looking homes stood on either side of it, each in its setting of lawn and shade trees.

    Two Little Women Carolyn Wells
  • spacious court-yards lay before the astonished lookers-on, filled with all varieties of tropical fruits and vegetation.

  • spacious and inviting was this city home during the 1820's, in the fashionable district of St. John's.

    James Fenimore Cooper Mary E. Phillips
  • You were conducted, and indeed led, up the west staircase—the spacious west staircase, Sir!

    The Dead Secret Wilkie Collins
  • spacious and elegant churches began to take the place of rude shanties.

British Dictionary definitions for spacious


having a large capacity or area
Derived Forms
spaciously, adverb
spaciousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin spātiosus, from spatiumspace
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Word Origin and History for spacious

late 14c., from Old French spacios or directly from Latin spatiosus (Medieval Latin spaciosus), from spatium (see space (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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