Definition of amenity in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈmenədē/

noun (plural amenities)

(usually amenities)
1A desirable or useful feature or facility of a building or place: heating is regarded as a basic amenity
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  • Basic amenities including toilet facilities and drinking water would be provided.
  • Many of the old buildings lacked even basic amenities like water supply and restrooms for women.
  • You get better services, better local amenities, even public transport is better.
1.1The pleasantness of a place or a person: the exertion of amenity toward the boss
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  • It would not take a fortune to create a clean and tidy looking river bank and with a little imagination a very good amenity could be created in this area.
  • National policy could give a more balanced steer to the conflicts of social justice and affordable housing against landscape and amenity.
  • A lot of the surrounding countryside has been classified as National Park, and is great amenity to have on the doorstep.


Late Middle English: from Old French amenite or Latin amoenitas, from amoenus 'pleasant'.

  • Amenity goes back to Latin amoenus ‘pleasant’.

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Syllabification: a·men·i·ty

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