- Ample is defined as when you have an abundance of something that is more than you need.
An all-you-can eat buffet is an example of an ample amount of food.
- The definition of ample is you have enough of something to meet your needs, and perhaps even some left over.
Having enough space in a room to add a computer desk is an example of having ample space.
adjectiveampler , amplest
- large in size, extent, scope, etc.; spacious; roomy
- more than enough; abundant
- enough to fulfill the needs or purpose; adequate
Origin of ampleMiddle English and amp; Old French ; from Classical Latin amplus, probably ; from an unverified form amlos ; from Indo-European base an unverified form am-, to contain
- Of large or great size, amount, extent, or capacity: an ample living room. See Synonyms at spacious.
- Fully sufficient to meet a need or purpose: had ample food for the party; was given ample time to decide. See Synonyms at plentiful.
- Plump or bulky: “Her ample body was not the desired shape in a culture of thinness” (Pamela E. Klassen).
Origin of ampleMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin amplus.
(comparative ampler, superlative amplest)
From Middle French ample, from Latin amplus (“large”), probably for ambiplus (“full on both sides”), the last syllable akin to Latin plenus (“full”).