Definition of amenity in English:

amenity

noun

  • 1A desirable or useful feature or facility of a building or place.

    ‘the property is situated in a convenient location, close to all local amenities’
    • ‘The system was one which, although it had its irritations, also had its comforts and amenities for both sides.’
    • ‘All they want is a roof over their heads and the basic amenities so they can have fun for a few days.’
    • ‘The church, built in 1843, had deteriorated in recent years and lacked basic amenities.’
    • ‘He stressed the need to provide basic amenities to people living in the rural areas.’
    • ‘Many of the old buildings lacked even basic amenities like water supply and restrooms for women.’
    • ‘An architect had been taking pictures of local amenities for a planning application.’
    • ‘His home was destroyed, along with schools and community amenities, and many people were killed.’
    • ‘A fine first step in this direction would be to provide basic amenities in all the depots.’
    • ‘He also pointed out the concerns over traffic and the lack of amenities.’
    • ‘To present smart new buildings and amenities to the world is one thing, truly regenerating an area is quite another.’
    • ‘You get better services, better local amenities, even public transport is better.’
    • ‘Servants' quarters, meanwhile, often lack such basic amenities as running water.’
    • ‘Although there are sketchy details at present, the platform will feature all the usual amenities.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that the provision of these amenities has been a tremendous success.’
    • ‘It has all the usual local amenities including a primary school and shop.’
    • ‘Building a larger store with more amenities is the only way we can continue to meet customers' needs.’
    • ‘In addition, there is the impact on local amenities such as schools and health centres to be considered.’
    • ‘Basic amenities including toilet facilities and drinking water would be provided.’
    • ‘The local roads, services, amenities, houses and schools are not large enough.’
    • ‘Once you have decided where you want to live, make sure that the local amenities suit your needs.’
    facility, service, convenience, resource, utility, system, appliance, aid, advantage, comfort, benefit, arrangement, opportunity
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    1. 1.1mass noun The pleasantness or attractiveness of a place.
      ‘developments which would clash with amenity’
      • ‘National policy could give a more balanced steer to the conflicts of social justice and affordable housing against landscape and amenity.’
      • ‘She also said extra noise and congestion, along with the effect on visual amenity, would have an adverse effect on surrounding homes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A sophisticated analytical approach distinguishing between pain and suffering and loss of amenity is not usually required.’
      • ‘The policies against the application relate in the main to visual amenity and highway safety.’
      • ‘I therefore consider that the proposal would not result in an unacceptable loss of amenity by way of reduction of outlook and open aspect.’
      • ‘The prospects of severely congested streets, increased health problems and loss of amenity in the city are real concerns.’
      • ‘It serves no-one's interest to require planning permission for types of development that generally do not damage amenity.’
      • ‘The residents, however, based their main objections on the parking and fears of loss of amenity around their homes.’
      • ‘This site is located behind a developing business park which is already an intrusion in the countryside so there will be little loss of amenity.’
      • ‘The areas of natural amenity in the town have been clearly identified and developed.’
      • ‘We appeal to your generosity to help maintain this valuable amenity.’
      • ‘It is thought that the scheme would include open space, commercial development and public amenity.’
      • ‘Diminished public amenity relating to injection drug use has also been reported in Kings Cross.’
      • ‘These plant collections are not just maintained in isolation but are often incorporated into gardens of great beauty and amenity.’
      • ‘In so doing, he established for the first time in a court of law that windfarms can damage property values because of damage to visual amenity and noise.’
      • ‘They defend their actions by spuriously claiming that a piece of amenity in the area will be bulldozed.’
      • ‘They demanded that any modernisation should favour amenity and leisure use.’
      • ‘Councillors ruled last year that they were detrimental to visual amenity and had to come down.’
      • ‘A lot of the surrounding countryside has been classified as National Park, and is great amenity to have on the doorstep.’
      pleasantness, agreeableness, pleasurableness, enjoyableness, niceness
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

amenity

/əˈmiːnɪti//əˈmɛnɪti/