[am-bee-uhns; French ahn-byahns]
noun, plural ambiances [am-bee-uhn-siz; French ahn-byahns] .
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.
Also, ambience.

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

1. See environment. Unabridged
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ambience or ambiance (ˈæmbɪəns, French ɑ̃bjɑ̃s, ˈæmbɪəns, French ɑ̃bjɑ̃s)
the atmosphere of a place
[C19: from French ambiance, from ambiant surrounding; see ambient]
ambiance or ambiance
[C19: from French ambiance, from ambiant surrounding; see ambient]

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Word Origin & History

1923, a reborrowing of the Fr. form of ambience, used in art writing as a term meaning "atmospheric effect of an arrangement" (see ambient).
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Example sentences
The walls enclose an area of less than a square mile that now restricts vehicle
  traffic to preserve the ancient ambiance.
All serve excellent food, and are also noteworthy for their attractive
  interiors and sophisticated ambiance.
Figures are somehow both earthy and otherworldly, a combination that
  underscores the ambiance of Campbell's mellifluous narrative.
The town has strict building codes, aimed at controlling development and
  preserving a casual beach shack ambiance.
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