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 That’s bad, because restaurants already operate on the thinnest of margins, packing in as many people as possible while still allowing cooking and serving to happen, and ideally not compromising the ambience. Adam Rogers, Wired, "The Design and Science of Patio Dining During a Pandemic," 17 June 2020 The punchline is a doozy, capturing the nightclub’s dankness (capacity: 75; ambience: urine), the hype around Coleman’s radical new sound, and the confrontational difficulty of his music. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Radically Inclusive Music of Ornette Coleman," 5 June 2020 Two wings of the same bird, St. Pete Beach and Clearwater Beach, just west of downtown Tampa, deliver some of Florida’s most enviable white sand beaches, each with a distinct beach town ambience. Terry Ward, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Best Weekend Getaways in Florida," 2 June 2020 Smart placement in layers balances general ambience with safe, task-specific work. Sarah Lloyd, Good Housekeeping, "10 Kitchen Design Questions, Answered by an Expert," 18 Mar. 2020 The Valentine’s evening tour begins in the Great Hall, just as the Gores’ parties once did, with complimentary drinks, light appetizers, and sweets along with a chance to relax amidst the mansion’s 19th-century ambience. Nancy Shohet West,, "What’s love got to do with 19th-century marriage?," 31 Jan. 2020 Others left in protest of one or another of the party’s decisions—notably its support for the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact—or got fed up with the stultifying jargon and authoritarian ambience. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, "How Vivian Gornick Reinvigorated Political Writing," 1 May 2020 Though a few modern buildings likely dot each block of the district, pilgrims will still find the ambience of the streets much as Hilma likely did — with charming cafes, taverns and shops on street level, and tidy rows of apartment windows above. Andrew Ferren, New York Times, "In Search of Hilma af Klint, Who Upended Art History, But Left Few Traces," 21 Oct. 2019 The interior's ambience doesn't quite match its practicality, though. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Compact SUV Battle: Ford vs. Honda vs. Mazda vs. Subaru vs. Toyota vs. VW," 20 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of ambience was in 1815

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26 Jun 2020

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“Ambience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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