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

1885–90 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

1889, from Fr. ambiance (see ambient). Cf. ambiance.
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Example sentences
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.
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