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

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 Four private bars, all named in honor of famous guests, make up its amenity suite alongside a President Library (curated by the White House Historical Association), the Cue Club billiards room and Monte Carlo Gaming Room. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 9 Aug. 2022 Escondido plans to build an aquatic center in Grape Day Park capable of hosting high school swim meets and water polo competitions, a recreational amenity long sought by city residents. Joe Tash, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Aug. 2022 The landmarked structure has been transformed into 71 spacious guest rooms and 28 suites over seven floors with every luxury amenity. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 There’s no peace yet in Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights over the prospect of losing Horseshoe Lake, a beloved scenic amenity that appears to be nearing its end. Steven Litt, cleveland, 29 July 2022 Built in the 1930s, this 850-square-foot spot makes the most of its space with a covered front porch, two bedrooms and an office — an amenity rarely seen in smaller houses. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2022 The tower, located in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida in northeast Miami, has made headlines for its ultra-luxe residences, bonkers amenity offerings, and five-star hotel-like service. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 26 July 2022 The hot new amenity for multimillion-dollar luxury homes in California? Liam Dillonstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 The water is then directed through drinking fountains on the building’s outdoor roof deck, just one amenity among its tens of thousands of square feet of gardens and outdoor settings. Jeffrey Steele, Forbes, 19 July 2022 See More

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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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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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