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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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 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

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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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