AskDefine | Define amenities

Dictionary Definition

amenities n : things that make you comfortable and at ease; "all the comforts of home" [syn: comforts, creature comforts, conveniences]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

aménité, amoenitas, from amoenus pleasant.

Pronunciation

  • /ʌˈmɛn.ə.tis/ (WEAE)

Noun

amenities
  1. Plural of amenity
  2. The quality of being pleasant or agreeable, whether in respect to situation, climate, manners, or disposition; pleasantness; civility; suavity; gentleness.

Quotations

“I trust that you are as comfortable as circumstances permit,” said Holmes when the final arrangements were made. “Should I be guilty of a liberty if I lit a cigar and placed it between your lips?” But all amenities were wasted upon the angry German.
—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in His Last Bow

Extensive Definition

In the contexts of real estate and lodging, amenities are any tangible or intangible benefits of a property, especially those which increase the attractiveness or value of the property or which contribute to its comfort or convenience.
Tangible amenities might include parks, swimming pools, health club facilities, party rooms, bike paths, community centers, doormen, or garages, for example.
Intangible benefits might include a "pleasant view" or aspect, low crime rates, or a "sun-lit living room", which all add to the living comforts of the property.
amenities in Japanese: アメニティ

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

cakes and ale, ceremonies, civilities, civility, comforts, comity, conveniences, convention, courtliness, creature comforts, decencies, decorum, dignities, diplomatic code, elegance, elegancies, etiquette, excellent accommodations, exquisite manners, formalities, gentilities, good form, good manners, graces, manners, mores, natural politeness, point of etiquette, politeness, politesse, proprieties, protocol, punctilio, quiet good manners, rites, rituals, rules of conduct, social code, social conduct, social graces, social procedures, social usage
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