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 Though so much from the decor to the ambience has changed, the staff largely hasn't. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Virgin Hotels Las Vegas: First In," 5 May 2021 Colorful gardens, citrus trees and string lights add to the ambience outside. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Walton Goggins is selling his Hollywood haunt for $3.35 million," 23 Feb. 2021 The Wild is also bringing in a DJ to add to the ambience. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "With no fans, how will Wild have home-ice advantage?," 21 Jan. 2021 It’s all about setting the mood and the right ambience. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Electric Wax Warmer," 20 Apr. 2021 Today, these are coveted by collectors and pricy due to the New York City ambience. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Looking behind Depression glass: Yenke Peddler antiques," 8 Apr. 2021 That’s certainly true of cabin ambience, which can best be described as functional. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "2021 Subaru Crosstrek’s fashion sense is purely functional (review)," 27 Mar. 2021 The surroundings, ambience and setups are different, but the athletes came here to do a job that has been the same since the dawn of sport: win. New York Times, "Photos of the N.C.A.A. Tournament, Then and Now," 26 Mar. 2021 About the only thing diminishing the luxury ambience this time around was a low-frequency grumble from the engine below 2000 rpm, where the V-6 spends a lot of its time. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "2021 Lincoln Nautilus Hides Big Changes Inside," 15 Mar. 2021

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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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10 May 2021

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“Ambience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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