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From French aménité, from Latin amoenitās (pleasantness, delightfulness), from amoenus (pleasant, delightful).


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  1. plural of amenity
  2. (plural only) The quality of being pleasant or agreeable, whether in respect to situation, climate, manners, or disposition; pleasantness; civility; suavity; gentleness.
    • 1917, Arthur Conan Doyle, "His Last Bow":
      "I trust that you are as comfortable as circumstances permit," said Holmes when the final arrangements were made. "Should I be guilty of a liberty if I lit a cigar and placed it between your lips?"
      But all amenities were wasted upon the angry German.
    • 1934, Rex Stout, Fer-de-Lance, 1992 Bantam edition, →ISBN, page 24:
      When we got to Sullivan Street Mrs. Ricci was waiting in front with a glare in her eye that made me decide not to stop for any amenities.


  • amenities at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • amenities in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911