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 The planned Lake Haven community will include parks and trails, landscaped open spaces and an amenity center with a pool. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 The first stop in the community is the amenity center, featuring a private pool, clubhouse, basketball and tennis courts, and more. Chron, 22 May 2021 The luxury hotel group has just announced two trips aboard its amenity-rich custom Airbus A321LR aircraft. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 17 May 2021 As travelers take to the skies in greater numbers, American Airlines is stepping up the experience with new amenity kits for premium cabin customers. Nancy Olson, Forbes, 11 May 2021 All products included in the new amenity kits have been sustainably packaged. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 11 May 2021 Detroit developers broke ground this week for a new amenity-filled, 204-unit apartment building in the city's Midtown that was originally proposed seven years ago as an office complex. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 19 Nov. 2020 Once the Covid-19 pandemic refocused public attention on the importance of health, developers of luxury residences redoubled their efforts to expand wellness-centric amenity offerings. Jeffrey Steele, Forbes, 28 May 2021 The parking structure would be topped with an outdoor amenity deck for apartment residents. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 May 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Amenity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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