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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Where to stay: Fall asleep to the flickering glow of candle light at Sextant Le Grotte Della Civita, a romantic, 18-room Design Hotel that mixes historic ambiance with modern amenities, all inside an ancient Sassi cave dwelling. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Here’s Where to Travel in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 Its amenities include a 64-foot indoor pool, saunas, a fitness center, a children’s play room and a common rooftop with an outdoor kitchen. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Ultraluxury-Penthouse Sale Defies Slowing Manhattan Market," 4 Jan. 2019 Why Locals Hang Out at the Airport Changi Airport already puts the JFKs of the world to shame with its feel-good amenities like a butterfly garden and a movie theater. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Singapore: The (Mini) Black Book," 14 Nov. 2018 In addition to your standard yacht amenities, like swimming pools and helipads, these boats often come equipped with submarines and missile defense systems. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "What are rich people buying now? Superyachts, apparently.," 8 Nov. 2018 Lenox Hill Hospital officials are expected to announce Friday a multibillion-dollar rebuild of the institution’s Upper East Side campus in Manhattan, an overhaul that aims to improve services and patient amenities. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Lenox Hill Hospital Plans Large-Scale Revamp of Manhattan Campus," 8 Mar. 2019 Attractions, amenities and resources Seattle Public Utilities won’t collect residential garbage, recycling or food/yard waste Tuesday. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "Here’s what’s been canceled or postponed as snow, freezing rain continue in Seattle area," 12 Feb. 2019 Beaver Lodge is one of the most unique accommodations at Winvian Farm and its interior design conveys a rustic New England trapper’s cottage infused with the luxe amenities expected at a world-class resort. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Winvian Farm," 19 Feb. 2019 Although homes come in all sizes and locations with varying amenities and styles, most homebuyers must make tradeoffs. Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Is this house the one?," 24 June 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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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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