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or am·bi·ence

[am-bee-uh ns; French ahn-byahns]
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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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Word Origin and History for ambiance


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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