- an agreeable way or manner; courtesy; civility: the graceful amenities of society.
- any feature that provides comfort, convenience, or pleasure: The house has a swimming pool, two fireplaces, and other amenities.
- the quality of being pleasing or agreeable in situation, prospect, disposition, etc.; pleasantness: the amenity of the Caribbean climate.
- amenities, lavatory; bathroom: used as a euphemism.
Origin of amenity
Examples from the Web for amenities
The amenities include a fitness room, a sauna, a beauty parlor, and a karaoke setup.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel
December 20, 2014
The plane was overflowing with a cornucopia of luxury food and amenities, as if destined for Paris.Frank Sinatra and the Birth of the Jet Set
August 2, 2014
Stripped from their usual comforts and amenities, the show crackled.How ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Finally Found Its Way
May 14, 2014
All of these amenities are, of course, in addition to the basic issue of getting there.Coachella, Oasis For Douchebags and Trust Fund Babies, Should Be Avoided At All Costs
April 12, 2014
The amenities of urban life, restaurants, theaters, walk-able neighborhoods, bicycle lanes, attract the next generation.There’ are Gray Shadows in Tuesday’s DC Primary
March 31, 2014
These were the current amenities of his two friends since Dubuche had attended the School of Arts.His Masterpiece
After these amenities, Lépine produced the demoustached photographs.The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
The elder Disraeli has a chapter on this subject in his Amenities of Literature.Shakespeare Jest-Books;
Maget turned, having forgotten the amenities of life in the excitement.
Whatever knowledge he had of the amenities of life had almost been forgotten.Quin
Alice Hegan Rice
- (often plural) a useful or pleasant facility or servicea swimming pool was just one of the amenities
- the fact or condition of being pleasant or agreeable
- (usually plural) a social courtesy or pleasantry
Word Origin and History for amenities
"creature comforts of a town, house, etc." 1908, plural of amenity. Latin amoena, plural of amoenus, also was used as a noun with a sense of "pleasant places."
late 14c., "quality of being pleasant or agreeable," from Old French amenite, from Latin amoenitatem (nominative amoenitas) "delightfulness, pleasantness," from amoenus "pleasant," perhaps related to amare "to love" (see Amy).