Definition of ambience in English:

ambience

(also ambiance)

noun

  • 1The character and atmosphere of a place:

    ‘the relaxed ambience of the cocktail lounge is popular with guests’
    • ‘At once, the atmosphere and ambiance around her changed.’
    • ‘Sunlight streams in through the windows, highlighting the artwork and contributing to the relaxed ambience.’
    • ‘Grassed mounds, ornamental trees and a lily pond are planned to complement the serene ambience.’
    • ‘Nor should they be concentrating on atmosphere and ambience at the expense of proper food.’
    • ‘Just like everywhere else on the island, the spa had an ambiance of relaxed elegance.’
    • ‘It was a truly superb experience, the ambience and the atmosphere was incredible.’
    • ‘She recreates the ambience and complex social networks of the period.’
    • ‘It has a quieter ambience during the day when food is an important element.’
    • ‘Like hotels you should have a cheerful ambience and good personalised services.’
    • ‘The perfect ambiance and temperature for the baby.’
    • ‘So the ambience and atmosphere was scoring top marks so far - but let's get down to the food.’
    • ‘Scientific research has established that fresh flowers can improve mood, prompt a smile, and soften the ambiance of an environment.’
    • ‘A friendly ambience has been created in the outlet that people can just come in and relax with a book.’
    • ‘I never tire of the climate and the ambiance, and after so many trips, I have many good friends who live there.’
    • ‘All this was a bizarre contrast to the relaxed and sunny ambience Bradman enjoyed at Bowral High.’
    • ‘Broad trees provide welcome shade along the entire way, and the street has a more relaxed and serene ambiance than many city shopping districts.’
    • ‘Like Listowel, the town of Ballina had a rural ambience and this helped enormously to make people feel at home.’
    • ‘It is going to change the socialising habits of many people and the whole ambience of the Irish pub as outlined already.’
    • ‘The performances will be by candlelight lending a relaxed ambience to the evening.’
    • ‘However, a good makeover could give the site the ambience and safety that many people clearly think it deserves.’
    atmosphere, air, aura, climate, mood, feel, feeling, vibrations, echo, character, quality, complexion, impression, flavour, look, tone, tenor, spirit
    setting, milieu, background, backdrop, frame, element
    environment, conditions, circumstances, situation, context
    vicinity, locality, habitat
    vibes
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    1. 1.1 Quality or character given to a sound recording by the space in which the sound occurs.
      • ‘Audio cues such as engine noise, traffic ship whistle and sea sound add to the ambience.’
      • ‘The track has the flat ambiance and limited dynamic range common to these films.’
      • ‘However, the ambiance and background noises are in full effect with great dynamic range.’
      • ‘The hallmark sound for recording this record was the ambience and the brightness.’
      • ‘The ambience of the recording simply adds to the meditative, trance-like atmosphere.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from ambient + -ence, or from French ambiance, from ambiant surrounding.

Pronunciation:

ambience

/ˈambɪəns/