ambience

noun
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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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 Parakeets from the adjacent pet store add to the ambience. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "To Help Alzheimer’s Patients, a Care Center Re-Creates the 1950s," 18 Sep. 2018 After scoring the only - but winning - goal in the 13th minute for the Rising against his former club Orange County SC, Chris Cortez celebrated by taking in the ambience of the fans after the game. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Phoenix Rising's Chris Cortez enjoying big season, life in Arizona, 'Game of Thrones'," 13 July 2018 Modeled on its Mix at Six lineup, the jazz performances will emphasize a relaxed ambience, food trucks and audience interaction with performers. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Remembering Henry Butler, a New Orleans giant," 9 July 2018 Adding to the ambience is the crowd noise that resonates in the smaller setting, assisted by bass-heavy music. Seth Berkman, New York Times, "The Liberty Try to Make Westchester Feel Like Home," 17 June 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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