ambience

[ am-bee-uh ns; French ahn-byahns ]
/ ˈæm bi əns; French ɑ̃ˈbyɑ̃s /

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

Origin of ambience

First recorded in 1885–90

Definition for ambience (2 of 2)

ambiance

or am·bi·ence

[ am-bee-uh ns; French ahn-byahns ]
/ ˈæm bi əns; French ɑ̃ˈbyɑ̃s /

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

the mood, character, quality, tone, atmosphere, etc., particularly of an environment or milieu: The restaurant had a delightful ambiance.
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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British Dictionary definitions for ambience

ambience

ambiance

/ (ˈæmbɪəns, French ɑ̃bjɑ̃s) /

noun

the atmosphere of a place

Word Origin for ambience

C19: from French ambiance, from ambiant surrounding; see ambient
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