ame·​ni·​ty ə-ˈme-nə-tē How to pronounce amenity (audio) -ˈmē- How to pronounce amenity (audio)
plural amenities
: something that helps to provide comfort, convenience, or enjoyment
hotels with modern amenities
providing residents with the basic amenities
usually amenities : something (such as a conventional social gesture) that promotes smoothness or pleasantness in social relationships
maintaining social amenities
: the quality of being pleasant or agreeable
: the attractiveness and value of real estate or of a residential structure
: a feature conducive to such attractiveness and value

Examples of amenity in a Sentence

The hotel has every amenity you could want. an unhappy, bickering couple who, at least in public, observe all the amenities of polite behavior
Recent Examples on the Web In addition to world-class architecture, the home has a ton of amenities. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 20 Nov. 2023 The company also said pictures of the pool were visible on the listing page and listed under the home’s amenities at the time. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2023 Their old building in Manhattan didn’t have much in the way of amenities. Adriane Quinlan, Curbed, 10 Nov. 2023 Spend your nights steps away from the beach in the stylish Croydon Hotel, where you'll be pampered with waterfront views, luxurious amenities, a rooftop sundeck, and complimentary happy hour each evening. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 10 Nov. 2023 Buc-ee's strategic locations along major travel routes, combined with their commitment to clean and accessible amenities, aligns perfectly with our vision. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 10 Nov. 2023 There's also a separate multi-purpose pavilion where guests can practice yoga or host dinners, as well as a variety of outdoor amenities such as a hot tub, a cold plunge bathtub, a sun deck, an outdoor shower, a bocce court, a disc golf course, hammocks, and a smokeless firepit. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 4 Nov. 2023 For those hung up on some of the standard beach vacation amenities, there's the Beach Club. Stacey Lastoe, Travel + Leisure, 7 Nov. 2023 Besides the culinary tourism appeal—a travel sector that topped $800 billion in 2022—the CIA teaching kitchens, which will host visiting chefs and offer a slate of classes and programs, will be one of the many amenities available exclusively to owners. Regan Stephens, Robb Report, 31 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English amenite, from Latin amoenitat-, amoenitas, from amoenus pleasant

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Time Traveler
The first known use of amenity was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Amenity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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ame·​ni·​ty ə-ˈmen-ət-ē How to pronounce amenity (audio) -ˈmē-nət- How to pronounce amenity (audio)
plural amenities
: the quality of being pleasant or agreeable
: something (as good manners or household appliances) that makes life easier or more pleasant
usually used in plural

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