ame·​ni·​ty | \ ə-ˈme-nə-tē How to pronounce amenity (audio) , -ˈmē- How to pronounce amenity (audio) \
plural amenities

Definition of amenity

1 : something that helps to provide comfort, convenience, or enjoyment hotels with modern amenities providing residents with the basic amenities
2 usually amenities : something (such as a conventional social gesture) that promotes smoothness or pleasantness in social relationships maintaining social amenities
3a : the quality of being pleasant or agreeable
b(1) : the attractiveness and value of real estate or of a residential structure
(2) : a feature conducive to such attractiveness and value

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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 Del Webb at Union Park in Little Elm is getting ready to open a second phase and Del Webb at Trinity Falls in McKinney will soon celebrate the opening of an amenity center. Dallas News, "Limited-time sale coming soon to North Texas communities," 14 June 2020 Reopening them is harder, in large part because of the conflicting requirements of amenity and transport. The Economist, "Centres of excellence Covid-19 challenges New York’s future," 11 June 2020 Our goal is to provide amenity, neighborhood-scale retail that would be appropriate for this site. cleveland, "Axiom releases revisions to Beech Brook development plan," 4 June 2020 Some resorts, including the Venetian, are providing amenity kits with hand sanitizer, wipes, gloves and face masks upon check-in. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Las Vegas is open. If you're ready for a trip from Arizona, here's what will be different," 4 June 2020 For example, legislators have so far refused to legalize sports betting at casinos, an amenity casinos in neighboring states can offer. David Jacobs, Washington Examiner, "Louisiana senators remove state's top gaming regulator," 3 June 2020 Housekeeping has gone next-level, with Marriott introducing sanitizing sprayers to fog rooms after checkout, and some hotels offering door hangers with amenity refills, cutting down on how often hotel staff will need to enter your room, if at all. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Travel Will Change," 29 May 2020 Tennis courts were the first amenity to be approved to be reopened in late April with premade reservations and only four people per court. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands Township parks, recreation options reopening quickly," 3 June 2020 The following amenities will open in the near future: The Sports Center will open Friday. Madeline Mitchell,, "Blue Ash announces reopening plan for pool, fitness classes, dog park and more," 27 May 2020

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First Known Use of amenity

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

History and Etymology for amenity

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

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

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24 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Amenity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce amenity (audio) How to pronounce amenity (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of amenity

: something that makes life easier or more pleasant


ame·​ni·​ty | \ ə-ˈmen-ə-tē How to pronounce amenity (audio) , -ˈmē- \
plural amenities

Kids Definition of amenity

1 : the quality or characteristic of being pleasant or agreeable
2 amenities plural : something that makes life easier or more pleasant Our hotel has many amenities.

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