am·​bi·​ence | \ ˈam-bē-ən(t)s How to pronounce ambience (audio) , ˈäm-bē-än(t)s \
variants: or ambiance

Definition of ambience

: 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.

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Examples of ambience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To add to the ambience on-board this vehicle, the acoustics are tweaked to mask the unpleasantries of road noise and vibration and so on, while tuning-up the sporty notes. Nargess Banks, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Tóibín walked along the beach in a linen jacket and long pants, looking like a figure from the nineteen-fifties, which was in keeping with the town’s ambience. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 The director then creates a visual record of the city’s rhythm and ambience of a historical turning point of the city’s fate. Vivienne Chow, Variety, 8 Sep. 2021 But the great cinematographer Lee Garmes deserves primary credit for this movie’s noirish ambience. David Mermelstein, WSJ, 22 May 2021 The last three months have experienced the lowest percentage of ambience positive mentions since the beginning of the year, the August report states. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, 22 Sep. 2021 Both the menu and decor have an otherworldly ambience inspired by the Na'vi. Tarah Chieffi, Travel + Leisure, 31 Aug. 2021 Harbor Point has a corporate ambience of polished steel and aluminum towers. Jacques Kelly,, 12 June 2021 The annual International Space Development Conferences, which once had the ambience of a Star Trek convention, seemed far more professional. Glenn Harlan Reynolds, National Review, 20 May 2021

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First Known Use of ambience

1648, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ambience

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

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The first known use of ambience was in 1648

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13 Oct 2021

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“Ambience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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