[kuh-moh-dee-uh s]


spacious and convenient; roomy: a commodious apartment.
ample or adequate for a particular purpose: a commodious harbor.

Origin of commodious

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin commodiōsus, equivalent to Latin commodi(tās) convenience (see commodity) + -ōsus -ous
Related formscom·mo·di·ous·ly, adverbcom·mo·di·ous·ness, nounnon·com·mo·di·ous, adjectivenon·com·mo·di·ous·ly, adverbnon·com·mo·di·ous·ness, nounun·com·mo·di·ous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of commodious

  • You must know that the Widow Dufeu was not a commodious person.

  • Evidently this had been a big, commodious and comfortable house in its day.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • She is most commodious; the cabins are much larger than is usual in a vessel of this size.

  • This was large and commodious, divided by hangings into two or three compartments.

    At Aboukir and Acre

    George Alfred Henty

  • A commodious residence was there available, and in it he settled with his family.

British Dictionary definitions for commodious



(of buildings, rooms, etc) large and roomy; spacious
archaic suitable; convenient
Derived Formscommodiously, adverbcommodiousness, noun

Word Origin for commodious

C15: from Medieval Latin commodiōsus, from Latin commodus convenient, from com- with + modus measure
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Word Origin and History for commodious

early 15c., "beneficial, convenient," from Medieval Latin commodiosus "convenient, useful," from Latin commodus (see commode). Meaning "roomy, spacious" first attested 1550s. Related: Commodiously; commodiousness.

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