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amenity

[uh-men-i-tee, uh-mee-ni-] /əˈmɛn ɪ ti, əˈmi nɪ-/
noun, plural amenities.
1.
an agreeable way or manner; courtesy; civility:
the graceful amenities of society.
2.
any feature that provides comfort, convenience, or pleasure:
The house has a swimming pool, two fireplaces, and other amenities.
3.
the quality of being pleasing or agreeable in situation, prospect, disposition, etc.; pleasantness:
the amenity of the Caribbean climate.
4.
amenities, lavatory; bathroom: used as a euphemism.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English amenite < Anglo-French < Latin amoenitās, equivalent to amoen(us) pleasing + -itās -ity
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  • The high-tech amenities are comprehensive and include dual-line telephones, data ports and Internet access.
  • With excellent public schools and extensive cultural amenities, the region boasts an enviable quality of life.
  • Airlines continue to cut back on services while piling on fuel surcharges and fees for amenities that were once complimentary.
  • It fits between economy and business class, both in amenities and price.
  • Business travelers are attracted to amenities such as workstations and Internet access.
  • After years of federal and local spending on bike routes and other amenities, most cities are ready to handle more cyclists.
  • Airlines are paying more attention to one of the most important and least-discussed amenities: seats.
  • Cultural and aesthetic amenities, such as a symphony and a riverfront, already exist.
  • The developers also agreed to provide more than $100 million in amenities.
  • He said that newcomers typically have large families and want more amenities.
British Dictionary definitions for amenities

amenity

/əˈmiːnɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
(often pl) 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 pl) a social courtesy or pleasantry
Word Origin
C14: from Latin amoenitās pleasantness, from amoenus agreeable
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Word Origin and History for amenities
n.

"creature comforts of a town, house, etc." 1908, plural of amenity. Latin amoena, plural of amoenus, also was used as a noun with a sense of "pleasant places."

amenity

n.

late 14c., "quality of being pleasant or agreeable," from Old French amenite, from Latin amoenitatem (nominative amoenitas) "delightfulness, pleasantness," from amoenus "pleasant," perhaps related to amare "to love" (see Amy).

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