a·men·i·ty (ə-mĕnĭ-tē, ə-mēnĭ-)
n. pl. a·men·i·ties
1. The quality of being pleasant or attractive; agreeableness: "Everything in her surroundings ministered to feelings of ease and amenity" (Edith Wharton).
2. Something that contributes to physical or material comfort: amenities offered by the hotel.
3. A feature that increases attractiveness or value, especially of a piece of real estate or a geographic location.
4. amenities Social courtesies.
[Middle English amenite, from Old French, from Latin amoenitās, from amoenus, pleasant.]
Synonyms: amenity, comfort, convenience
These nouns denote something that increases physical ease or facilitates work: an apartment with amenities like air conditioning; a suite with all the comforts of home; a kitchen with every convenience.
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