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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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Examples from the web for spacious
  • It's now one generous space with ample storage and a spacious breakfast area.
  • Cabins range in size from small and cozy to large and spacious.
  • Looking relaxed and confident as he leans back in an armchair in his spacious.
  • But more legroom and more spacious seats would be even better.
  • New daypack designed as an inverted messenger bag, with spacious compartments and buckle closures.
  • Clean design, well-defined spaces, and meticulous attention to detail make even a small corner lot seem spacious and private.
  • Commercial chickens are bred in spacious homes, selected for productivity and then crammed into tight quarters.
  • Regular exhibitions about the university are held in the spacious reception area.
  • The world's biggest commercial jet proved impressively spacious and silent.
  • The broad river lying between the two becomes a spacious street.
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.)).

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