[uh-men-i-tee, uh-mee-ni-]
noun, plural amenities.
an agreeable way or manner; courtesy; civility: the graceful amenities of society.
any feature that provides comfort, convenience, or pleasure: The house has a swimming pool, two fireplaces, and other amenities.
the quality of being pleasing or agreeable in situation, prospect, disposition, etc.; pleasantness: the amenity of the Caribbean climate.
amenities, lavatory; bathroom: used as a euphemism.

1400–50; late Middle English amenite < Anglo-French < Latin amoenitās, equivalent to amoen(us) pleasing + -itās -ity Unabridged
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amenity (əˈmiːnɪtɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  (often plural) a useful or pleasant facility or service: a swimming pool was just one of the amenities
2.  the fact or condition of being pleasant or agreeable
3.  (usually plural) a social courtesy or pleasantry
[C14: from Latin amoenitās pleasantness, from amoenus agreeable]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., "quality of being pleasant or agreeable," from O.Fr. amenite, from L. amoenitatem (nom. amoenitas) "delightfulness, loveliness," from amoenus "pleasant," perhaps related to amare "to love."
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Example sentences
But they are an important amenity, one that makes living in and visiting the
  city a lot more pleasant.
These trains are all-reserved, meaning everyone can sit down, but are otherwise
More than 20 women put this amenity at the top of their wish list.
Each suite features single and double rooms for up to 14 students, along with
  three bathrooms (students' most requested amenity).
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