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

Nearby words

  1. capa,
  2. capa, robert,
  3. capability,
  4. capablanca,
  5. capable,
  6. capaciously,
  7. capacitance,
  8. capacitate,
  9. capacitation,
  10. capacitive

Origin of capacious

First recorded in 1605–15; capaci(ty) + -ous

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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.

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