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ambience

[am-bee-uh ns; French ahn-byahns]
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noun, plural am·bi·enc·es [am-bee-uh n-siz; French ahn-byahns] /ˈæm bi ən sɪz; French ɑ̃ˈbyɑ̃s/.
  1. ambiance.
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Origin of ambience

First recorded in 1885–90

ambiance

or am·bi·ence

[am-bee-uh ns; French ahn-byahns]
noun, plural am·bi·anc·es [am-bee-uh n-siz; French ahn-byahns] /ˈæm bi ən sɪz; French ɑ̃ˈbyɑ̃s/.
  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.
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Origin of ambiance

< French, equivalent to ambi(ant) surrounding (Middle French, also ambient < Latin; see ambient) + -ance -ance

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1. See environment.
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  • Page 39 word "lambence" changed to "ambience" (no more than a faint ambience) meaning a faint light.


British Dictionary definitions for ambience

ambience

ambiance

noun
  1. the atmosphere of a place
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Word Origin

C19: from French ambiance, from ambiant surrounding; see ambient
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Word Origin and History for ambience

n.

1797, from French ambiance (see ambient). Cf. ambiance.

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ambiance

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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