amenity

noun
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

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Some people are willing to spend the money or take the longer commute for this amenity, but many people are not. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "This Black + Decker Portable Washing Machine Might Be The Best Thing That's Ever Happened to Me," 3 May 2019 The couple stayed in the Long Room, a £10,000-a-night residence that includes an outdoor terrace, working fireplaces, a personal butler, and more amenities. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Reportedly Took a Luxe Babymoon in the Countryside," 4 Apr. 2019 The beloved hospitality service has partnered with the Louvre to give guests unrivaled access to one of the world’s most acclaimed institutions, all while indulging in Airbnb’s most luxurious amenities. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Here’s What it Takes to Win an Overnight Stay at the Louvre," 2 Apr. 2019 To live at First Light is to enjoy the city’s best amenities within your home and the best of downtown Seattle living just outside your door. First Light, The Seattle Times, "Embracing city life at new art-filled condo tower," 29 Mar. 2019 And expect your terrestrial sense of what constitutes an amenity to change: Since venturing outdoors would be a complex, risky prospect, a space hotel will prioritize the gym, both to maintain fitness and stave off cabin fever. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Tourist's Guide to Space," 12 Mar. 2019 Each is modeled after European bed-and-breakfasts but have modern boutique hotel amenities. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Hotel renovations: Properties in Los Angeles, Dallas and San Francisco get major upgrades," 13 July 2018 At First Light, each aspect — from the design to the amenities — has been considered in the goal of creating an offering unlike any in the city of Seattle. First Light, The Seattle Times, "Embracing city life at new art-filled condo tower," 29 Mar. 2019 Of course, that isn’t the only amenity that Carrie’s former pad has to offer. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood Is Selling the Nashville Mansion Where She Had Her Scary Accident," 10 Mar. 2019

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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 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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