- 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 amenity
It was commercial amenity, but I had been a stranger to amenity in that connection.'Twixt Land & Sea
The form of amenity expected from her, in relation to her brother, was not exhibited.The Amazing Marriage, Complete
Every one has some amenity—some sweeter, gentler spot in the character.
Mr. Burnet describes him as remarkable for amenity as for probity and learning.Haunted London
She greeted Lothair with calmness but amenity, and took his offered arm.Lothair
- (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 amenity
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).