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amenity

[uh-men-i-tee, uh-mee-ni-]
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noun, plural a·men·i·ties.
  1. an agreeable way or manner; courtesy; civility: the graceful amenities of society.
  2. any feature that provides comfort, convenience, or pleasure: The house has a swimming pool, two fireplaces, and other amenities.
  3. the quality of being pleasing or agreeable in situation, prospect, disposition, etc.; pleasantness: the amenity of the Caribbean climate.
  4. amenities, lavatory; bathroom: used as a euphemism.

Origin of amenity

1400–50; late Middle English amenite < Anglo-French < Latin amoenitās, equivalent to amoen(us) pleasing + -itās -ity
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  • These were the current amenities of his two friends since Dubuche had attended the School of Arts.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • 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.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for amenities

amenity

noun plural -ties
  1. (often plural) a useful or pleasant facility or servicea swimming pool was just one of the amenities
  2. the fact or condition of being pleasant or agreeable
  3. (usually plural) a social courtesy or pleasantry

Word Origin

C14: from Latin amoenitās pleasantness, from amoenus agreeable
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Word Origin and History for amenities

n.

"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."

amenity

n.

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).

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