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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Examples of ambience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those benefits are the point of a traditional store, which, despite its troubles and costs, is still very good at using employees, merchandising, and ambience to persuade people to buy more stuff. Sandrine Rastello, Bloomberg.com, "Online Associate Is the Retail Job of the Future," 19 Oct. 2020 But absent this explanation, the ambience did much to transpose the fauna of the Nocturnal House into a child’s gathering nightmares. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, "Why We’re Afraid of Bats," 5 Oct. 2020 The ambience is enhanced by many upscale touches, such as soft leatherette padding, rear window sun shades, matte chrome switchgear and piano black trim intersperse among the hard-plastic trim. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Outstanding design and green credibility make Sonata Limited Hybrid a sedan to covet (review)," 3 Oct. 2020 The couple incorporated guidance from the Broadway East Greenprint, which mapped out how ambience and cooler temperatures can influence behaviors, especially in barren urban landscapes. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, "Demolition of East Baltimore’s McGarvey Industrial Park marks first step of ‘Equality Equation’," 26 Sep. 2020 Just as modelling clay is no substitute for the tactility of bona-fide ceramics, the Zoom classes, no matter their rewards, can’t replace the ambience of the studio, where so much depends on proximity, on happenstance, on touch. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, "How a Revered Studio for Artists with Disabilities Is Surviving at a Distance," 24 Sep. 2020 Yes, although the images and ambience of subculture revelry are mostly intoxicating, there’s also suspicious trepidation at the edges. Armond White, National Review, "The Sneaky Exoticism of Lovers Rock," 18 Sep. 2020 Water features have long been one of the most popular landscape additions, bringing relaxing ambience while increasing the value of a property. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "Steve Fowler knows his way around waterfalls. The Fallston expert tells you how to create a water feature.," 12 Sep. 2020 Creating this ambience in Urbino was Federico da Montefeltro (1422–1482), the duke, who ruled in splendor. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Random Thoughts on Raphael," 5 Sep. 2020

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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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24 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ambience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ambience. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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