the quality of being convenient; suitability.
anything that saves or simplifies work, adds to one's ease or comfort, etc., as an appliance, utensil, or the like.
a convenient situation or time: at your convenience.
advantage or accommodation: a shelter for the convenience of travelers.
Chiefly British. water closet(def 1).


easy to obtain, use, or reach; made for convenience: convenience utensils that can be discarded after use.

Origin of convenience

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin convenientia harmony, agreement. See convenient, -ence

Synonyms for convenience Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for conveniences

Contemporary Examples of conveniences

  • “For conveniences and shops where you can buy what you need,” it is much easier, he said.

  • They installed a fish pond, equipped with water pump and lights, and they constructed shelves and other conveniences for him.

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    Hoover’s Secret Files

    Ronald Kessler

    August 2, 2011

  • All these comforts and conveniences have a way of making Japan feel less foreign—almost, I dare say, like any other major city.

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    Gal With a Suitcase

    Jolie Hunt

    November 27, 2009

Historical Examples of conveniences

  • Has not your family, Madam, some one tradesman they deal with, who has conveniences of this kind?

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The doors of the state-rooms, and other conveniences, opened on its sides and ends.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • They will be quite abashed with her conveniences, sir, and unable to enjoy them.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • You don't appreciate the conveniences of this hotel, Miss Colton.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Milan has the best municipal facilities and conveniences in all Italy.

    Italy, the Magic Land

    Lilian Whiting

British Dictionary definitions for conveniences



the state or quality of being suitable or opportunethe convenience of the hour
a convenient time or situation
at your convenience at a time suitable to you
at your earliest convenience formal as soon as possible
usefulness, comfort, or facility
an object that is particularly useful, esp a labour-saving device
euphemistic, mainly British a lavatory, esp a public one
make a convenience of to take advantage of; impose upon
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Word Origin and History for conveniences

"material appliances conducive to personal comfort," 1670s, plural of convenience.



late 14c., "agreement, conformity," from Latin convenientia "meeting together, agreement, harmony," from conveniens, present participle of convenire (see convene). Meaning "suitable, adapted to existing conditions" is from c.1600; that of "personally not difficult" is from 1703.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with conveniences


see at one's convenience.

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