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.

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The overall ambience was that of a beautiful, elegant backyard party—made possible with long picnic tables and benches, no assigned seating, no fancy dishes or silverware, and plants at every turn. Brooke Porter Katz, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ellen Bennett & Casey Caplowe's Wedding Was Outside-The-Box in Every Way," 14 Feb. 2019 For a modern ambience, reserve the Founder’s Cellar at Hall’s Bergfeld in St. Helena. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Five Bars Disrupting Silicon Valley’s Nightlife," 5 Dec. 2018 Throughout, careful production details achieve a spare and delicate ambience that is mostly lovely but sometimes unnecessary. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "‘Hollywood Africans’ by Jon Batiste Review: A Meditative Moment, Away From Late-Night TV’s Glare," 2 Oct. 2018 For something unique, try Classic Pizza’s good food and ambience. Thomas Kostigen, WSJ, "Denmark’s New Wave," 3 Dec. 2018 One clue is scale: The soaring new living room, with its 21-foot-high timberedbeam ceiling and massive stone fireplace, is more King Arthur than Cotswold cottage in ambience. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "The Root of the Matter," 8 May 2012 The time-warp ambience seems less studied and self-conscious in nearby Richis, where Rost introduces me to a wisecracking 85-year-old named Hans Schaas. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Bewitching Time Warp of Transylvania, Romania," 4 May 2018 Down the street is Golden Jackal, a shop teeming with old-Nevada ambience, vintage clothing and furnishings. Natasha Bourlin, SFChronicle.com, "Increasingly hip Midtown Reno has a glow that’s not from neon," 29 June 2018 Many city dwellers love the high desert of New Mexico for its lush, ink-blue landscape, culturally-rich architecture, magically still (some may say hauntingly so) ambience, and infusion of art—in museums and craft cocktail bars alike. Alison Beckner, Vogue, "Why New Mexico Is the West Coast’s Best (and Most Overlooked) Wellness Retreat," 29 Sep. 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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The first known use of ambience was in 1815

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