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ambience

[am-bee-uh ns; French ahn-byahns] /ˈæm bi əns; French ɑ̃ˈbyɑ̃s/
noun, plural ambiences
[am-bee-uh n-siz; French ahn-byahns] /ˈæm bi ən sɪz; French ɑ̃ˈbyɑ̃s/ (Show IPA)
1.
Origin of ambience
1885-1890
1885-90

ambiance

or ambience

[am-bee-uh ns; French ahn-byahns] /ˈæm bi əns; French ɑ̃ˈbyɑ̃s/
noun, plural ambiances
[am-bee-uh n-siz; French ahn-byahns] /ˈæm bi ən sɪz; French ɑ̃ˈbyɑ̃s/ (Show IPA)
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.
Origin
< French, equivalent to ambi(ant) surrounding (Middle French, also ambient < Latin; see ambient) + -ance -ance
Synonyms
1. See environment.
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British Dictionary definitions for ambience

ambience

/ˈæmbɪəns; French ɑ̃bjɑ̃s/
noun
1.
the atmosphere of a place
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.

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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