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.

Examples of ambience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And by combining pleasant images with Alexa's Nature Sounds skill, which plays peaceful noises through the display's speakers, the Echo Show 15 added an unexpected calming ambience to its room. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 29 Dec. 2021 To maintain the resort’s serene ambience, use of electronic devices outside of one’s room is discouraged. Travis Levius, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Dec. 2021 Charles Mulvehill: The film was written for L.A., but none of us felt that the ambience was right. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 10 Dec. 2021 The radio host Pat Prescott explains that office workers liked Kenny G’s music as pleasant, bouncy, inoffensive ambience. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2021 Bask in the living room’s holiday ambience with a Christmas tree, stockings hung over the fireplace — the whole gambit. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, 1 Dec. 2021 The Seven’s roof features a panoramic OLED screen that can display content for the passengers or help set the ambience for a relaxing journey. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 17 Nov. 2021 Lighting a few candles is an easy way to create a festive ambience, but wax drips and splatters are often an unfortunate result. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Dec. 2021 Be mindful of the room’s function, its color palette and window light to create a visually striking ambience Once rejected as old-fashioned, wallpaper has made a comeback and regained popularity in recent years. Washington Post, 1 Nov. 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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Last Updated

10 Jan 2022

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“Ambience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ambience. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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