Definition of ambience in English:


(also ambiance)


  • 1The character and atmosphere of a place.

    ‘the relaxed ambience of the cocktail lounge is popular with guests’
    • ‘She recreates the ambience and complex social networks of the period.’
    • ‘However, a good makeover could give the site the ambience and safety that many people clearly think it deserves.’
    • ‘It is going to change the socialising habits of many people and the whole ambience of the Irish pub as outlined already.’
    • ‘At once, the atmosphere and ambiance around her changed.’
    • ‘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 was a truly superb experience, the ambience and the atmosphere was incredible.’
    • ‘Just like everywhere else on the island, the spa had an ambiance of relaxed elegance.’
    • ‘The performances will be by candlelight lending a relaxed ambience to the evening.’
    • ‘Scientific research has established that fresh flowers can improve mood, prompt a smile, and soften the ambiance of an environment.’
    • ‘Nor should they be concentrating on atmosphere and ambience at the expense of proper food.’
    • ‘Sunlight streams in through the windows, highlighting the artwork and contributing to the relaxed ambience.’
    • ‘I never tire of the climate and the ambiance, and after so many trips, I have many good friends who live there.’
    • ‘Like hotels you should have a cheerful ambience and good personalised services.’
    • ‘A friendly ambience has been created in the outlet that people can just come in and relax with a book.’
    • ‘All this was a bizarre contrast to the relaxed and sunny ambience Bradman enjoyed at Bowral High.’
    • ‘It has a quieter ambience during the day when food is an important element.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Grassed mounds, ornamental trees and a lily pond are planned to complement the serene ambience.’
    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
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    1. 1.1Quality or character given to a sound recording by the space in which the sound occurs.
      • ‘The ambience of the recording simply adds to the meditative, trance-like atmosphere.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Audio cues such as engine noise, traffic ship whistle and sea sound add to the ambience.’


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