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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His criteria uses 50 categories, and accounts for water quality, sand quality, amenities, views and pest levels, to select the best beaches the nation has to offer. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "The 4 best beaches in America, according to 'Dr. Beach'," 11 July 2018 The fieldhouse, which features a basketball court and other amenities, is a community center for local children in need, Moore said. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Papa John's hometown takes his name off gym after he admits racial slur," 11 July 2018 Come for the menu (American comfort foods and burgers), but stick around and enjoy the other amenities, including space for games like cornhole, bocce ball and a full putting green., "25 ways to chase your perfect Bay Area summer," 11 July 2018 The sales center, 19250 Gulfbrook Drive, will introduce prospective members to the health club's amenities, which include tennis courts, pools and fitness classes for adults and kids. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Life Time opens sales center in Baybrook," 10 July 2018 There are few amenities down at the end of this dirt road: just 35 full-size fields, endless parking, dozens of portable toilets and a cluster of food trucks. New York Times, "Fields of Green," 8 July 2018 Even with the slight grade, the trail is great for families, with plenty of amenities (bathrooms, water, food) at regular intervals and the tunnels serving as a fun goal to keep kids pedaling. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "3 old railroad tunnels help make the Elroy-Sparta Trail one of the state's most popular," 21 June 2018 Each package offers different levels of food, drink, swag and amenities, but all packages include free samples from the vendors. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago's first hot sauce festival brings the heat this weekend," 20 June 2018 Those recommendations sought to address the lack of pedestrian-friendly, landscaped streets and sidewalks and notable shortage of entertainment or restaurant amenities, especially after dark. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "Most agree, area near OP Convention Center is dull. Here's how city hopes to fix that," 20 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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Phrases Related to amenity

basic amenities

observe the social amenities

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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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