am·​bi·​ence ˈam-bē-ən(t)s How to pronounce ambience (audio)
variants or ambiance
: a feeling or mood associated with a particular place, person, or thing : atmosphere
The restaurant's soft music and candlelight gave it a romantic ambience.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The ambience and energy of Beverly Hills was his inspiration. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 The ambience of a dark, boozy jazz bar, Maison Margiela’s Replica Jazz Club is a transporting scent. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 Inside, light-gray oak, maple and leather-stitched details create a gentleman’s club-meets-industrial-chic ambience. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 18 Nov. 2022 The wine and spirits store has an upscale ambience in its 2,700 square feet, with a selection of harder-to-get wines and specialty spirits across price ranges. Dallas News, 18 Jan. 2023 Not Good Photos characterizes the ambience of the entire project. Katie Roiphe, The Atlantic, 15 Jan. 2023 Gift that hotel bedroom ambience with this great sheet set from Parachute. Mark Stock, Men's Health, 11 Jan. 2023 But there was so much more to Badalamenti than his sweeping cinematic ambience for a single filmmaker. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 12 Dec. 2022 Le Tub, the kitschy national hamburger treasure straddling Hollywood’s Intracoastal Waterway, may soon have new owners who plan to upgrade the roadside shack without wrecking its divey ambience. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 8 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


in part from ambi(ent) entry 1 + -ence, in part borrowed from French ambiance (from ambiant "ambient" + -ance -ance)

First Known Use

1648, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ambience was in 1648

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Cite this Entry

“Ambience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a feeling or mood that is related to a particular place, person, or thing

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