ambience

noun
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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The rhythmic sound of water cascading from the wall fountain in the front courtyard of this Los Gatos home immediately creates a relaxed and comforting ambience. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Bask in the comfort of this Mediterranean-style home’s serene aura and beautiful architectural details in Los Gatos," 5 June 2019 With a cocktail reception to start, attendees toasted with flutes of Pommery Champagne in the castle-like ambience of the Bowery’s upstairs terrace. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "The Armory Show’s Collectors Dinner Gathered the Art World's Most Influential," 6 Mar. 2019 There’s also a 19 ft swimming pool (which has a hot and cold Jacuzzi) adorned with fiber optic lights for a magical ambience in the evening. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Baros Maldives," 4 May 2019 How to be a Tourist in Milan STAYING THERE: Urbane luxury in a tranquil and leafy enclave gives Bulgari Hotel Milano a resort-like ambience in the heart of Milan. Andrew Ferren, WSJ, "Italy’s Hottest New Destination? Yes, Milan," 11 Sep. 2018 The overall ambience was that of a beautiful, elegant backyard party—made possible with long picnic tables and benches, no assigned seating, no fancy dishes or silverware, and plants at every turn. Brooke Porter Katz, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ellen Bennett & Casey Caplowe's Wedding Was Outside-The-Box in Every Way," 14 Feb. 2019 For a modern ambience, reserve the Founder’s Cellar at Hall’s Bergfeld in St. Helena. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Five Bars Disrupting Silicon Valley’s Nightlife," 5 Dec. 2018 Throughout, careful production details achieve a spare and delicate ambience that is mostly lovely but sometimes unnecessary. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "‘Hollywood Africans’ by Jon Batiste Review: A Meditative Moment, Away From Late-Night TV’s Glare," 2 Oct. 2018 For something unique, try Classic Pizza’s good food and ambience. Thomas Kostigen, WSJ, "Denmark’s New Wave," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of ambience

1815, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ambience

French ambiance, from ambiant ambient

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