am·​bi·​ence | \ˈam-bē-ən(t)s, 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 piece opens with the solo violin calmly ascendant against muted strings, the ambience quickly punctured by disconcerting whispers from the flutes. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "New-Music Premieres in Detroit," 31 May 2018 And while the tropical skies and crystal clear waters provide plenty of ambience, according to a press release, couples will also be able to personalize the pavilion with candles, flowers and fabrics. Bridget Mallon, ELLE Decor, "This Over-Water Wedding Pavilion Is Like A Ceremony And Honeymoon In One," 23 Jan. 2016 For fabulous ambience and local Egyptian grill, try dinner at Abu El Sid Restaurant located in nearby Zamalek. Jim Berkeley, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Egypt," 5 Oct. 2016 Bread & Circuses Bistro has a quaint ambience but lacks the architectural details the novel specifies. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Anne Tyler's latest novel evokes Hamilton. Here are possible real-life stand-ins for locations in 'Clock Dance'," 13 July 2018 The visual exhibits multiple decades worth of quintessential American influences, while still maintaining an incredibly fresh and contemporary ambience. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Christine and the Queens Touch the Sky in Vibrant New 'Girlfriend' Video: Watch," 24 May 2018 Excellent sound, first-rate visuals and impeccable musicianship imparted an intimate ambience to Taylor’s show. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "James Taylor proves there's still something in the way he moves, and sings | The Kansas City Star," 23 May 2018 The candles — as well as their holders — have been purchased or received as gifts over time, too, and they are regularly lit for family gatherings or parties to create ambience. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Home's design elements hold meaning for Germantown family," 5 Apr. 2018 Melding traditional folk with emo and early indie influences creates a fantastical ambience. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "5 must-see concerts in Chicago this week: Angel Olsen, The Districts, Signal-to-Noise," 5 Dec. 2017

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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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