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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Others are also recognizing connectivity as an amenity. Stefanos Chen, The Seattle Times, "Real estate technology that could have a lasting effect on housing," 20 Nov. 2018 The only vacant lot at the time, just next door, was an amenity — kids like Johnson played softball there. Chicago Tribune, "RAGE, RIOTS, RUIN," 1 Apr. 2018 The Mega Skyport is not like the vertiports that exist today, which are little more than concrete pads with limited space and amenities. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The "Mega Skyport" Is a Fanciful Future Landing Spot for Uber’s Flying Taxis," 19 July 2018 A few months ago, the commission selected Flaherty and Collins to redevelop the property with housing, green space and other amenities to complement the nearby downtown. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Michigan distillery's wastewater hurdles, growth on minds as plans in Valparaiso continue," 13 July 2018 The current community center offers ice skating rinks, athletic fields, a preschool, a gymnasium and other amenities. Genevieve Bookwalter,, "$50M bond sale for Robert Crown construction approved by Evanston aldermen," 11 July 2018 State law requires new buildings along the waterfront to include public facilities such as restrooms, as well as other amenities — including observation decks in a few spots. Tim Logan,, "Here’s a new way to find a restroom (and other things) on Boston’s waterfront," 11 July 2018 The new facility is estimated to cost $892 million, which would include the construction of a parking garage, pedestrian bridge and other amenities. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Rays unveil plans to build smallest stadium in baseball to replace Tropicana Field," 10 July 2018 Completed this year, the multilevel residence is outfitted with a wine bar, a game room and other amenities to create a space ideal for leisure and play. Neal J. Leitereg,, "Home of the Week: Beverly Hills contemporary caters to a leisurely lifestyle," 7 July 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, -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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