[ am-i-tee ]
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  1. friendship; peaceful harmony.

  2. mutual understanding and a peaceful relationship, especially between nations; peace; accord.

Origin of amity

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English amit(i)e, from Middle French amitie, Old French amiste(t), from unattested Vulgar Latin amicitāt-, stem of amīcitās, derivative of Latin amīcus; see ami, amiable, -ity

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[ am-i-tee ]

  1. a female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use amity in a sentence

  • He was a good husband, and lived at peace and amity with his wife, and was exceedingly fond of his children.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • About a week later, Edward had a communication from Bruce expressing a strong desire for accord and amity.

    King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
  • The legend that may still be read upon the Corporation mace, of Elizabethan date, is earnest of this old-time amity.

  • And Onias received the ambassador with honour and received the letters, wherein there was mention made of the alliance, and amity.

  • Though this pleasant precedent was shrewdly cited with all openness and apparent amity, Bradford refused the petition.

    William Bradford of Plymouth | Albert Hale Plumb

British Dictionary definitions for amity


/ (ˈæmɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. friendship; cordiality

Origin of amity

C15: from Old French amité, from Medieval Latin amīcitās friendship, from Latin amīcus friend

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