capable of holding much; spacious or roomy: a capacious storage bin.

Origin of capacious

First recorded in 1605–15; capaci(ty) + -ous
Related formsca·pa·cious·ly, adverbca·pa·cious·ness, nounun·ca·pa·cious, adjectiveun·ca·pa·cious·ly, adverbun·ca·pa·cious·ness, noun

Synonyms for capacious

Antonyms for capacious

confining. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for capacious

Contemporary Examples of capacious

  • As we were getting ready to repair to his capacious table, we were joined by Claude Lanzmann, the maker of the film Shoah.

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    My Moments With Ariel Sharon

    Seth Lipsky

    January 11, 2014

  • Yet I doubt that she will become a capacious judge with wide-ranging interests and intense curiosity.

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    Elena Kagan's Surprise Defender

    Richard A. Epstein

    May 11, 2010

  • But George H.W. Bush is a man of capacious and unconditional love, so I imagine that carried him through the day.

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    How Hillary's Feeling About Caroline

    Christopher Buckley

    January 24, 2009

Historical Examples of capacious

  • If you thirst, we will cheerfully offer you the capacious goblet and the richest wines.


    William Godwin

  • Why should I cumber myself with regrets that the receiver is not capacious?

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • The capacious lung, the thundering or the tender vocal chords.

    Notes on My Books

    Joseph Conrad

  • The symbol of festivity should be capacious, as well as prime in quality.

  • He shook the capacious fluttering folds and handed it to its owner.

    In Apple-Blossom Time

    Clara Louise Burnham

British Dictionary definitions for capacious



capable of holding much; roomy; spacious
Derived Formscapaciously, adverbcapaciousness, noun

Word Origin for capacious

C17: from Latin capāx, from Latin capere to take
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Word Origin and History for capacious

1610s, "able to contain," from Latin capax (genitive capacis) "able to take in," from capere "to take" (see capable) + -ous. Meaning "able to hold much" is from 1630s. Related: Capaciously; capaciousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper