am·​bi·​ence ˈam-bē-ən(t)s How to pronounce ambience (audio)
variants or ambiance
: 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.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The cuisine and the ambience are both meant to recall the Mediterranean, with a menu conceptualized by chefs Samir Mohajer (formerly of Rustic Canyon) and Sabel Braganza (formerly of E.P. & L.P.). Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2023 The diversity of these locales — and their preferences, crowds and ambiences — are united by the precision and complexity presented inside what on its face is a pretty simple dish: steak and eggs and bread and veggies. Bryan Washington, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2023 Their wooden floors, furnishings and walls, as well as marble dressing rooms and stone bathrooms, are swanky — yet also imbued with the peaceful ambience of a ryokan, thanks to Japanese architect Yuji Yamazaki. Laura Manske, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2023 At a thrift store, the items and ambience won’t tell you no. Grace Antino,, 5 Jan. 2023 Cooper, working from the bestselling 2003 novel of the same name by Louis Bayard, builds a solid murder mystery out of Victorian scheming and icebox ambience (rarely has an entire cast looked so genuinely in need of heating pads). Leah Greenblatt,, 22 Dec. 2022 Adding a holiday-scented reed diffuser is my easiest trick for boosting the warmth and ambience of my tiny apartment, and Nest's pretty glass bottles add a touch of decor along with the welcoming scent. Alex Warner, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2022 This design is ideal to hang at 15-foot intervals around a pool or patio to maximize mosquito control and add both light and ambience. John Sass, Field & Stream, 11 Apr. 2023 In addition to enjoying the unique ambience, try the Fabyan’s Station Burger, which is topped with pork belly, and Station Pork Sundae, a monstrous concoction made with cornbread, baked beans, pulled pork, coleslaw, and pickles. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 11 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1648, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ambience was in 1648

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Cite this Entry

“Ambience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a feeling or mood that is related to a particular place, person, or thing

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