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[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)
Origin of ambience
1885-90 Unabridged
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  • You're in an environment that's trying to create an ambience that you can't get anywhere else.
  • Burning wood may be humanity's oldest way of generating heat—and in the home it definitely creates a nice ambience.
  • The food was superb innovative French, but the ambience was casual.
  • Regular poetry “jams” and live jazz nights contribute to the beatnik ambience.
  • Because of their limited ambience and nearly identical voice, these stories are best read at intervals.
  • Dozens of plants complete the urban-jungle ambience.
  • But helping to improve the plight of a city street tree also means an improvement to the city air and to the city ambience.
  • But it's a natural effect of the music and ambience, not something contrived.
  • She also enjoys the store's relaxing ambience.
  • In the evening a few votive candles add a bit of ambience, and the scene is dominated by couples and small groups of friends.
British Dictionary definitions for ambience


/ˈæmbɪəns; French ɑ̃bjɑ̃s/
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

1797, from French ambiance (see ambient). Cf. ambiance.

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