noun, plural fa·cil·i·ties.

Origin of facility

1375–1425; late Middle English facilite (< Middle French) < Latin facilitās. See facile, -ity
Related formsnon·fa·cil·i·ty, noun, plural non·fa·cil·i·ties.o·ver·fa·cil·i·ty, noun
Can be confusedfacile facilitate facility felicitate
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Examples from the Web for facilities

Contemporary Examples of facilities

Historical Examples of facilities

  • Miss Nightingale had procured him various introductions and facilities, and he had reported his impressions to her.

  • It finds its pleasure in studying the play of its own facilities, and the study passes easily into an aptitude and habit.

    Amiel's Journal

    Henri-Frdric Amiel

  • I dress as well as I can, but the room is just a tiny sitting-room; there are no facilities for making one's toilette.

  • Facilities of trade and favourable tariffs bound the men of Ghent and Bruges to the interests of Edward.

  • He has denied her the facilities for obtaining a thorough education, all colleges being closed against her.

British Dictionary definitions for facilities


noun plural -ties

ease of action or performance; freedom from difficulty
ready skill or ease deriving from practice or familiarity
(often plural) the means or equipment facilitating the performance of an action
rare easy-going disposition
military an organization or building offering supporting capability
(usually plural) a euphemistic word for lavatory

Word Origin for facility

C15: from Latin facilitās, from facilis easy; see facile
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Word Origin and History for facilities

"opportunities," 1809, plural of facility. Sense of "physical means of doing something" is from 1872.



early 15c., "gentleness," from Middle French facilité, from Latin facilitatem (nominative facilitas) "easiness, ease, fluency, willingness," from facilis "easy" (see facile). Its sense in English moved from "genteelness" to "opportunity" (1510s), to "aptitude, ease" (1530s). Meaning "place for doing something," which makes the word so beloved of journalists and fuzzy writers, first recorded 1872.

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