Definition of amenity in US English:

amenity

noun

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

    ‘heating is regarded as a basic amenity’
    • ‘Building a larger store with more amenities is the only way we can continue to meet customers' needs.’
    • ‘Although there are sketchy details at present, the platform will feature all the usual amenities.’
    • ‘In addition, there is the impact on local amenities such as schools and health centres to be considered.’
    • ‘To present smart new buildings and amenities to the world is one thing, truly regenerating an area is quite another.’
    • ‘An architect had been taking pictures of local amenities for a planning application.’
    • ‘The system was one which, although it had its irritations, also had its comforts and amenities for both sides.’
    • ‘He stressed the need to provide basic amenities to people living in the rural areas.’
    • ‘The church, built in 1843, had deteriorated in recent years and lacked basic amenities.’
    • ‘He also pointed out the concerns over traffic and the lack of amenities.’
    • ‘A fine first step in this direction would be to provide basic amenities in all the depots.’
    • ‘Once you have decided where you want to live, make sure that the local amenities suit your needs.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that the provision of these amenities has been a tremendous success.’
    • ‘His home was destroyed, along with schools and community amenities, and many people were killed.’
    • ‘All they want is a roof over their heads and the basic amenities so they can have fun for a few days.’
    • ‘The local roads, services, amenities, houses and schools are not large enough.’
    • ‘Many of the old buildings lacked even basic amenities like water supply and restrooms for women.’
    • ‘You get better services, better local amenities, even public transport is better.’
    • ‘Basic amenities including toilet facilities and drinking water would be provided.’
    • ‘Servants' quarters, meanwhile, often lack such basic amenities as running water.’
    • ‘It has all the usual local amenities including a primary school and shop.’
    facility, service, convenience, resource, utility, system, appliance, aid, advantage, comfort, benefit, arrangement, opportunity
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    1. 1.1 The pleasantness of a place or a person.
      ‘the exertion of amenity toward the boss’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘National policy could give a more balanced steer to the conflicts of social justice and affordable housing against landscape and amenity.’
      • ‘A sophisticated analytical approach distinguishing between pain and suffering and loss of amenity is not usually required.’
      • ‘I therefore consider that the proposal would not result in an unacceptable loss of amenity by way of reduction of outlook and open aspect.’
      • ‘Councillors ruled last year that they were detrimental to visual amenity and had to come down.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The residents, however, based their main objections on the parking and fears of loss of amenity around their homes.’
      • ‘It is thought that the scheme would include open space, commercial development and public amenity.’
      • ‘The policies against the application relate in the main to visual amenity and highway safety.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We appeal to your generosity to help maintain this valuable amenity.’
      • ‘She also said extra noise and congestion, along with the effect on visual amenity, would have an adverse effect on surrounding homes.’
      • ‘A lot of the surrounding countryside has been classified as National Park, and is great amenity to have on the doorstep.’
      • ‘The areas of natural amenity in the town have been clearly identified and developed.’
      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

/əˈmɛnədi//əˈmenədē/