adjective: comfortably or convenientlyspacious : roomy
“Branch … says the top priority for a moviegoer is comfortable seating. To meet that demand, HendrickConstruction … removed the theater‘s 1,800 traditionally narrow, fabric-covered folding seats and replaced them with 800 morecommodious, densely padded, softgrey vinyl recliners nearly 3 feet in width.” — Roberta Fuchs, Mecklenburg Times (Charlotte, NorthCarolina), March 2, 2015
“The voice came from the boughs of a tall cherry-tree, where Adam had no difficulty in discerning a smallblue-pinafored figure perched in a commodious position where the fruitwas thickest.” — George Eliot, AdamBede, 1859
Did you know?
Although it’s now used to mean“roomy,” in the 16th centurycommodious was regularly used to mean “handy” or “serviceable,” a meaning that is true to the word‘s Latin ancestor, commodum, meaning“convenience.” Poet William Cowperused the word in that original sensein a letter referring to a vessel thatserved double duty, carryingmackerel and herring from a seasidetown to London, then making the return trip carrying passengers. As Cowper observed, “The cheapnessof the conveyance made it equallycommodious for dead fish and livelycompany.” (No doubt the arrivingpassengers had a lively smell, whichmay be one reason why Cowper alsonoted that some visitors to the seaside town were company whom“people who were nice in the choiceof their company, were rather fearfulof keeping company with.”)