am·bi·ence | \ ˈam-bē-ən(t)s , 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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Yet that generally meant forgoing better nutrition and opportunities to experience homemade regional cuisine, hospitality, and ambience. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Eating Alone," 6 July 2018 What the gallery lacks in scale, however, it more than makes up in ambience and ambition. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Three SF galleries under the radar but worth seeking out," 16 May 2018 The music is a lovely addition to the ambience of downtown Havre de Grace. Staff Report, The Aegis, "Havre de Grace installs downtown sound system," 6 July 2018 Don’t miss: The ambience of sipping a cocktail in the patio garden, the gay history from the early days of liberation. Emma Silvers, San Francisco Chronicle, "Your guide to the best bars to hit on Pride weekend," 14 June 2018 In an interview in March in Chelsea, at a cafe that adjusts its ambience as afternoon turns to evening, the conversation shifted exclusively to lighting as the illumination in the room changed. New York Times, "Falling for the Lure of the Stage. The Backstage.," 18 June 2018 Unlike a previous generation of swappers, who exited suburban cocktail parties with someone else’s spouse, these traders meet in cities around the world—from Portland, Ore., to Paris—to exchange rare cultivars that will add ambience to their homes. Michelle Slatalla, WSJ, "Plant Swaps: The Cheap Way to Score Rare Houseplants," 7 June 2018 But Schmidt said friends of the gardens worry about the area's water quality, its serene ambience and the spread of insects and other pests that could damage delicate plant collections. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Here's the beef: Missouri cattle feedlot wants to grow; Powell Gardens fears the stink | The Kansas City Star," 27 May 2018 Like the oysters, the ambience is super-chill and glossy., "5 of the best rooftop bars and restaurants in Boston," 2 May 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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