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

Origin of amity

1400–50; late Middle English amit(i)e < Middle French amitie, Old French amiste(t) < Vulgar Latin *amicitāt-, stem of amīcitās, derivative of Latin amīcus. See ami, amiable, -ity
Can be confusedamity enmity




a female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for amity

Historical Examples of amity

  • A convention additional to the general treaty of peace and amity.

  • What is so excellent as strict relations of amity, when they spring from this deep root?

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Olive produced her biscuits and bananas, and they munched together in amity.

    Olive in Italy

    Moray Dalton

  • Each had spoken with entire courtesy and a marked lack of amity.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • It was good that those she loved should dwell together in amity.

    Mary Gray

    Katharine Tynan

British Dictionary definitions for amity


noun plural -ties

friendship; cordiality

Word Origin for amity

C15: from Old French amité, from Medieval Latin amīcitās friendship, from Latin amīcus friend
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Word Origin and History for amity

mid-15c., "friendly relations," from Old French amitie (13c.); earlier amistie (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *amicitatem (nominative *amicitas) "friendship," corresponding to Latin amicitia, from amicus (adj.) "friendly;" related to amare "to love" (see Amy).

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