What is the difference between Amenities and Commodities?

The difference between amenities and commodities

is that "amenities" is pleasantness and "commodities" is anything movable that is bought and sold. [from 15th c.].




  • Pleasantness.
  • A thing or circumstance that is welcome and makes life a little easier or more pleasant.
  • Convenience.
  • (cartography) a unit pertaining to the infrastructure of a community, such as a public toilet, a postbox, a library etc.


  • We especially enjoyed the amenity of the climate on our last holiday.
  • The harbor of Port Royal, rendered gloomy by recollections of misery, was avoided ; and after searching the coast and discovering places, which were so full of amenity, that melancholy itself could not but change its humor, as it gazed, the followers of Calvin planted themselves on the banks of the river May.
  • All the little amenities the hotel provided made our stay very enjoyable.
  • The Castle is an antique extent of ground, which now they call Marsfield, and would have ben a fitting area to have plac’d the Ducal palace in. The suburbs are large, the prospects sweete, with other amenities, not omitting the flower gardens, in which all the inhabitants excel.
  • Synonyms: facility, infrastructure


  • Anything movable (a good) that is bought and sold. [from 15th c.]
  • Something useful or valuable. [from 15th c.]
  • (economics) Raw materials, agricultural and other primary products as objects of large-scale trading in specialized exchanges.
  • (marketing) Undifferentiated goods characterized by a low profit margin, as distinguished from branded products.
  • (Marxism) Anything which has both a use-value and an exchange-value.
  • (obsolete) Convenience; usefulness, suitability. [15th-19th c.]
  • (obsolete) Self-interest; personal convenience or advantage. [16th-19th c.]


  • If a key part of shopping is the conversion of anonymous commodities into possessions, shopping is a cultural as much as an economic activity.
  • In human geography “commodities” usually refers to goods and services which are bought and sold. The simplest commodities are those produced by the production system just before they are sold.
  • Referring to the work of Bourdieu, Zukin notes that shopping is much more than the purchase of commodities
  • And Slade said: “It really makes me sad that football club chairmen and boards seem to have lost that most precious commodity – patience. “Sam’s sacking at Newcastle had, I suppose, been on the cards for a while, but it is really ridiculous to fire a manager after such a short time.
  • The price of crude oil is determined in continuous trading between professional players in World’s many commodities exchanges.
  • Although they were once in the forefront of consumer electronics, the calculators have become a mere commodity.
  • Shall we employ the intelligence Heaven hath bestowed upon us for our greatest good, to our ruine? repugning natures desseign and the universal order and vicissitude of things, which implieth that every man should use his instruments and meanes for his owne commoditie?
  • they commonly respect their own ends, commodity is the steer of all their action […].