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ambiance

or ambience

[am-bee-uh ns; French ahn-byahns] /ˈæm bi əns; French ɑ̃ˈbyɑ̃s/
noun, plural ambiances
[am-bee-uh n-siz; French ahn-byahns] /ˈæm bi ən sɪz; French ɑ̃ˈbyɑ̃s/ (Show IPA)
1.
the mood, character, quality, tone, atmosphere, etc., particularly of an environment or milieu:
The restaurant had a delightful ambiance.
2.
that which surrounds or encompasses; environment.
Origin of ambiance
< French, equivalent to ambi(ant) surrounding (Middle French, also ambient < Latin; see ambient) + -ance -ance
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n.

1923, a reborrowing of the French form of ambience, used in art writing as a term meaning "atmospheric effect of an arrangement" (see ambient).

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