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[uh-men-i-tee, uh-mee-ni-] /əˈmɛn ɪ ti, əˈmi nɪ-/
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.
Origin of amenity
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English amenite < Anglo-French < Latin amoenitās, equivalent to amoen(us) pleasing + -itās -ity Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


noun (pl) -ties
(often pl) a useful or pleasant facility or service: a swimming pool was just one of the amenities
the fact or condition of being pleasant or agreeable
(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

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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