[am-bee-uh ns; French ahn-byahns]

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

Nearby words

  1. ambidentate,
  2. ambidexter,
  3. ambidexterity,
  4. ambidextrous,
  5. ambien,
  6. ambient,
  7. ambient air standard,
  8. ambient music,
  9. ambient noise,
  10. ambiente

Origin of ambience

First recorded in 1885–90


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/.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ambience

British Dictionary definitions for ambience




the atmosphere of a place

Word Origin for ambience

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

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