amenity

noun
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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Pets are welcomed with amenities and invited to socialize with other pups at the nightly wine reception. Gwen Pratesi, USA TODAY, "Traveling with a furry friend? Check out these pet-friendly road trips across the U.S.," 19 June 2019 In Singapore, 82% of the population lives in high-quality public housing with amenities. WSJ, "On Rent Subsidies and Affordable Housing," 18 June 2019 The idea is to redefine how older Phoenicians live and love life in their later years with amenities that resemble a resort rather than retirement center. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Resort amenities, larger living space, aging in place services cater to seniors at The Palazzo in Phoenix," 15 June 2019 Many offer sign-up bonuses worth tens of thousands of points, elite perks that come with extra amenities during stays, and bonus earning opportunities to help cardholders rack up rewards even faster. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Hotel Credit Cards That Guarantee a Free Night Every Year," 3 June 2019 The home also has its own private elevator, with unique amenities including a wood-burning fireplace, wide plank floors, crown moldings, and ample natural light. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Inside Lee Radziwill's Energetic Upper East Side Apartment," 8 May 2019 Renters such as Thomas reflect the high demand for Downtown living, a trend driven by amenities such as walkable streets, contemporary restaurants and bustling nightlife. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "More luxury apartments drive up Downtown Indianapolis vacancy rate, but rents remain steep," 6 June 2019 The sports complex, if built, could contain such amenities as fields for baseball, softball, football, soccer and lacrosse, courts for basketball and volleyball and an ice rink for hockey. Michelle Mullins, Daily Southtown, "Homer Glen hires consultant to study if large sports complex would be a good fit in the village," 6 June 2019 Harry and Meghan stayed at Heckfield Place, a secluded yet decadent countryside hotel in Hampshire that boasts outdoor amenities like gardens, a spa, organic farms, and woodlands for exploring, according to its website. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Reportedly Took a Luxe Babymoon in the Countryside," 4 Apr. 2019

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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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amenity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of amenity

: something that makes life easier or more pleasant

amenity

noun
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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