amenity
noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle English amenite, from Latin amoenitat-, amoenitas, from amoenus pleasant Date: 14th century 1. a. the quality of being pleasant or agreeable b. (1) the attractiveness and value of real estate or of a residential structure (2) a feature conducive to such attractiveness and value 2. usually plural something (as a conventional social gesture) that conduces to smoothness or pleasantness of social relationships <
maintaining social amenities
>
3. something that conduces to comfort, convenience, or enjoyment <
hotels with modern amenities
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Amenity — A*men i*ty, n.; pl. {Amenities}. [F. am[ e]nit[ e], L. amoenitas, fr. amoenus pleasant.] The quality of being pleasant or agreeable, whether in respect to situation, climate, manners, or disposition; pleasantness; civility; suavity; gentleness.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • amenity — [n1] pleasant thing advantage, betterment, comfort, convenience, enhancement, enrichment, excellence, extravagance, facility, frill, improvement, luxury, merit, quality, service, superfluity, virtue; concept 712 Ant. abomination, inconvenience… …   New thesaurus

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  • amenity — (n.) late 14c., quality of being pleasant or agreeable, from O.Fr. amenite, from L. amoenitatem (nom. amoenitas) delightfulness, pleasantness, from amoenus pleasant, perhaps related to amare to love (see AMY (Cf. Amy)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • amenity — ► NOUN (pl. amenities) ▪ a useful or desirable feature of a place. ORIGIN Latin amoenitas, from amoenus pleasant …   English terms dictionary

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  • Amenity — Benefits of a property whose existence increase the value or desirability of that property. An amenity can be either tangible, such as a swimming pool or gym, or intangible, such as proximity to a local school or supermarket. By making… …   Investment dictionary

  • amenity — UK [əˈmiːnətɪ] / US [əˈmenətɪ] noun [countable, usually plural] Word forms amenity : singular amenity plural amenities something that makes it comfortable or enjoyable to live or work somewhere Amenities include a gym, a pool, and a jacuzzi.… …   English dictionary

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