Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Spacious; roomy. See Synonyms at spacious.
  • adj. Archaic Suitable; handy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Spacious and convenient; roomy and comfortable.
  • adj. Adapted to its use or purpose, or to wants and necessities; suitable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Adapted to its use or purpose, or to wants and necessities; serviceable; spacious and convenient; roomy and comfortable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Beneficial; helpful; useful; favorable.
  • Suitable; fit; proper; convenient; becoming: in a general sense.
  • Affording good accommodation; convenient and roomy; suitable and spacious: as, a commodious dwelling; a commodious harbor.
  • Synonyms Convenient, suitable, fit, proper, useful, comfortable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. large and roomy (`convenient' is archaic in this sense)

Etymologies

Middle English, convenient, from Medieval Latin commodiōsus, from Latin commodus : com-, com- + modus, measure; see med- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1423. From Latin commodiōsus, from commodus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The head quarters at Newburgh consist of a single house, neither large nor commodious, which is built in the Dutch fashion.

    Camps and Firesides of the Revolution

  • A set of rooms next to mine was vacant, and Campion, who welcomed a new worker, had the two sets thrown into what house-agents term a commodious flat.

    Simon the Jester

  • A year ago the necessities of Alfred Waltham's affairs had led to a change; he and his wife and their two children, together with Mrs. Waltham the dowager, removed to what the auctioneers call a commodious residence on the outskirts of Belwick.

    Demos

  • The coach was a kind of commodious wagonette, invented by the modernist talent of the courier, who dominated the expedition with his scientific activity and breezy wit.

    The Complete Father Brown

  • "My bed is something like the carpets in Queen Elizabeth's time, and this shelter-tent is not one which can be called commodious, but

    The Associate Hermits

  • 'commodious' by 'commodious as a college building' without altering our conclusion; though we can guess that the recipient, who thought he was in the lion-house of the Zoo, would be less likely to assent to.

    The Concept of Nature The Tarner Lectures Delivered in Trinity College, November 1919

  • Upon hearing the news, neighbor Amy Seidenwurm headed over to the store, donned her bee suit, and bravely herded the bees to a cardboard box, transferring them to "greener pastures where the flowers are dripping with nectar and hives are clean and commodious."

    Boing Boing

  • But the beauty, the greatness, the glory — Mr. Meagher employed the word "majestic" to describe these mute but far from personality-free bar workers — of Old Town's urinals is that they're almost as commodious as a stall.

    Porcelain Majesty

  • Palladio's theatre was built inside another building, for an audience of cultivated patricians; the Globe was built outdoors for a general public, and so was serviceable and commodious rather than magnificent.

    British architecture: The English Renaissance

  • I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there.

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  • Corny might have given us a more commodious yoke, Mr Power said.
    Joyce, Ulysses, 6

    January 1, 2007