[ am-i-tee ]
/ ˈæm ɪ ti /


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

Nearby words

  1. amitabha,
  2. amitate,
  3. amitosis,
  4. amitriptyline,
  5. amittai,
  6. amitābha,
  7. amm,
  8. amman,
  9. ammanati,
  10. ammeter

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


[ am-i-tee ]
/ ˈæm ɪ ti /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for amity


/ (ˈæmɪtɪ) /

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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