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.

Examples of ambience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Da Paolino is set in a lemon grove toward the north: The ambience is festive and the food terrific. Charlotte Davey, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 July 2024 The soaring nave is flooded with light and offers a majestic ambience. Luis Campuzano, WWD, 15 June 2024 Product Details: Materials: MDF and pine wood | Dimensions: 13.8 x 35.8 x 29.5 inches Transitional This style combines elements of traditional with modern ones, creating a warm and classic ambience that lends itself well to an array of pieces. L. Daniela Alvarez, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 June 2024 Each of the 70 rooms features unique decor that matches the hotel's eccentric ambience, and the location is ideal for travelers wanting to experience the Hollywood nightlife scene without having to travel too far from their rooms. Vanessa Wilkins, Travel + Leisure, 13 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for ambience 

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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 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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