I wonder in what contexts "cavernous" can be used as a synonym for "spacious" or "big/huge".

The word cavernous is derived from the word cave but does it necessary the things we refer as cavernous must have a large cavity like a hall in a building, hotel,shopping center or airport or can we use it for buildings that expands large area such as a 50-room mansion.


Cavernous means like a cavern, and a cavern means a big, open space within a cave, which is underground.

It's not appropriate for entire buildings, which are typically above ground. Rooms can be described as cavernous, though, especially something like a large room tucked away beneath stairs or other structure in a building.

You might describe the ground floor halls in that mansion as cavernous if they are big and open.

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