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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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Examples for amenity
  • 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 amenity-free.
  • 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).
  • In a city where closets become bedrooms, empty space becomes a treasured amenity.
  • One amenity that harried parents may appreciate: supervised child care during daytime sessions.
  • Many times, amenity information can be found on the Web site of the individual property or the chain.
  • Surveys show that 24% of boomers rank a day spa as the most important amenity; 15% want a meditation garden.
  • The pool is an amenity.
  • The single appealing amenity was the set of flourishing potted plants and ferns in the center of the room.
British Dictionary definitions for amenity

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 amenity
amenity
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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