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an agreeable way or manner; courtesy; civility:
the graceful amenities of society.
any feature that provides comfort, convenience, or pleasure:
The house has a swimming pool, two fireplaces, and other amenities.
the quality of being pleasing or agreeable in situation, prospect, disposition, etc.; pleasantness:
the amenity of the Caribbean climate.
amenities, lavatory; bathroom: used as a euphemism.
Contemporary Examples

People think, why not move south, where amenities are in abundance?
Is Philadelphia in Decline? New Report Shows a City With Marked Challenges Daniel Stone April 3, 2012

The plane was overflowing with a cornucopia of luxury food and amenities, as if destined for Paris.
Frank Sinatra and the Birth of the Jet Set William Stadiem August 1, 2014

The amenities include a fitness room, a sauna, a beauty parlor, and a karaoke setup.
Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel Michael Daly December 19, 2014

All of these amenities are, of course, in addition to the basic issue of getting there.
Coachella, Oasis For Douchebags and Trust Fund Babies, Should Be Avoided At All Costs Marlow Stern April 11, 2014

The amenities of urban life, restaurants, theaters, walk-able neighborhoods, bicycle lanes, attract the next generation.
There’ are Gray Shadows in Tuesday’s DC Primary Eleanor Clift March 30, 2014

Historical Examples

To them the Americans seemed to lack a proper knowledge of the amenities of life.
The Fathers of the Constitution Max Farrand

These were the current amenities of his two friends since Dubuche had attended the School of Arts.
His Masterpiece Emile Zola

Their fever is fed for months and years by the discomforts and amenities of city life.
If You’re Going to Live in the Country Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley

The elder Disraeli has a chapter on this subject in his amenities of Literature.
Shakespeare Jest-Books; Unknown

He talked of spring and flowers, quoted poets and added the treasures of a well-stored mind to the amenities of the day.
The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman H. G. (Herbert George) Wells

noun (pl) -ties
(often pl) a useful or pleasant facility or service: a swimming pool was just one of the amenities
the fact or condition of being pleasant or agreeable
(usually pl) a social courtesy or pleasantry

“creature comforts of a town, house, etc.” 1908, plural of amenity. Latin amoena, plural of amoenus, also was used as a noun with a sense of “pleasant places.”

late 14c., “quality of being pleasant or agreeable,” from Old French amenite, from Latin amoenitatem (nominative amoenitas) “delightfulness, pleasantness,” from amoenus “pleasant,” perhaps related to amare “to love” (see Amy).


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