amenity

noun
ame·​ni·​ty | \ ə-ˈme-nə-tē , -ˈmē- \
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

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Ocean boasts 64 oceanfront residences and enticing amenities. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Just Outside Miami, New Development 2000 Ocean Is Redefining Luxury, One Minotti Furnishing at a Time," 18 Jan. 2019 Those seeking five-star amenities in a ski-in/ski-out resort and designer boutiques best travel elsewhere. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This Austrian Spa and Ski Town Is Straight Out of a Wes Anderson Film," 11 Jan. 2019 Along with its reputation for bare-bones amenities, Spirit also garnered media attention for an internal feud with its pilots. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Spirit Airlines is the most on-time airline in America. Here’s why.," 17 Dec. 2018 Elsewhere, amenities are embracing a space-age look. Stefanos Chen, The Seattle Times, "Real estate technology that could have a lasting effect on housing," 20 Nov. 2018 Consider what backcountry necessities and amenities are most important. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "How to Choose a Trip for Your First Backpacking Experience," 11 Nov. 2018 Getty ImagesChris Jackson The facilities are more like a hotel than a hospital, with fresh food prepared on site (including afternoon tea), wine and champagne available on request, and amenities like satellite television and wi-fi. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "The Ultimate Guide to the Royal Family," 5 Oct. 2018 The luxe apartment, which is rentable on a project-by-project basis, comes fully equipped with every Insta-worthy amenity imaginable. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "This Penthouse Apartment Was Designed for Influencer Photoshoots," 1 Oct. 2018 Last year, Google streamlined hotel search on phones to include price filtering, detailed amenity information, and the ability to book without leaving search. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google really wants you to use Maps and search to plan your next outing," 28 Sep. 2018

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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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amenity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of amenity

: something that makes life easier or more pleasant

amenity

noun
ame·​ni·​ty | \ ə-ˈmen-ə-tē , -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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