Definition of commodious in US English:



  • 1formal (especially of furniture or a building) roomy and comfortable.

    ‘they moved to a more commodious dwelling’
    • ‘I found the suites capacious, the sofas commodious, the sandwiches copious.’
    • ‘It was being pulled down to make way for a larger, more commodious building.’
    • ‘The palace building was commodious enough to accommodate chambers and offices of the High Court.’
    • ‘A commodious dwelling house with a spacious garden that included a fish pond, was also part of the property.’
    • ‘The boot is spacious with the seats in place and really commodious when they are tipped over.’
    • ‘It was in the commodious attic of this house that she created her private museum.’
    • ‘So the film finishes and we lie and chat amiably in my big commodious bed.’
    • ‘The commodious hall was almost full and on the makeshift stage musical instruments were being installed and tested by the accompanists.’
    • ‘Inside the commodious house, yellow leather couches are well arranged and classical music is soothingly emanating from the family hi-fi.’
    • ‘It would obviously be a more commodious property in Berkshire…’
    • ‘Although it measures just 13 1/2 feet square, the dining room feels more commodious thanks to a pair of tall windows on the outside wall and the wide arch that opens to the living room.’
    • ‘Period photographs and other documents reveal that he built a commodious house on the island.’
    • ‘The escalator opened onto a commodious red velvet lounge, in which there was a large oak bar lining one wall and already quite a few customers.’
    • ‘Eight men were gathered around a black-tinted, glass, rectangle table in the middle of an unlit commodious hall that was suitable for conventions.’
    • ‘The new car has a more commodious cabin than the old model, particularly in the rear.’
    • ‘Many older drivers shy away from the growing breed of commodious, family-orientated ‘people carriers’.’
    • ‘As a 15th century merchant's home, it would have proved most commodious.’
    • ‘We sit rent free in a handsome and commodious building, and with our occupancy ensured by a parliamentary title.’
    • ‘He was unmarried and so had no use of the commodious house in the College to which he was entitled, but lived in rooms there.’
    roomy, capacious, spacious, ample, substantial, generous, sizeable, large, big, broad, wide, extensive
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  • 2archaic Convenient.

    • ‘For without order there can be nothing commodious, graceful and noble.’
    convenient, suitable, appropriate, fitting, fit, suited, agreeable
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘beneficial, useful’): from French commodieux or medieval Latin commodiosus, based on Latin commodus ‘convenient’.