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the mood, character, quality, tone, atmosphere, etc., particularly of an environment or milieu:
The restaurant had a delightful ambiance.
that which surrounds or encompasses; environment.
Contemporary Examples

The décor is clean and simple and the ambience is bustling and laid back at the same time.
Fresh Picks Laurent Tourondel November 3, 2010

The ambience at the FBI was formal, no nonsense, and strictly business.
J. Edgar Hoover Unmasked Sandra McElwaine November 6, 2011

This week, they launched a review section that will allow users to rate dispensaries on things like “quality” and “ambience.”
Colorado Weed Dispensaries Celebrate ‘Green Friday’ Abby Haglage November 27, 2014

Her collection, which showcased on Fashion Week’s opening night, was titled “ambience—The Land, The Woman, and her Man.”
Pakistan’s Daring Fashion Week Anam Mansuri April 10, 2010

The food here also is delicious and imaginative, but the ambience is 180-degrees different.
Holy Molé: Tucson’s Mexican Food with a Kick Jane & Michael Stern June 28, 2014

Historical Examples

Page 39 word “lambence” changed to “ambience” (no more than a faint ambience) meaning a faint light.
She Knew He Was Coming Kris Neville

the atmosphere of a place

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

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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  • Ambient

    of the surrounding area or environment: The tape recorder picked up too many ambient noises. The temperature in the display case was 20° lower than the ambient temperature. completely surrounding; encompassing: the ambient air. creating a certain reaction or mood, often a subconscious one, by being wherever people tend to be: ambient advertising on a […]

  • Ambient air standard

    the highest concentration of a specific air pollutant at a particular outdoor location, in a specified unit of time, that is not considered hazardous to humans: The ambient air standard for gas X is 3 parts per million per hour.

  • Ambient device

    noun any simple wireless object that unobtrusively presents information Examples A digital picture frame is an ambient device.

  • Ambient food

    noun food that can be stored at room temperature Examples Ambient food include thermostabilized, aseptic-fill, shelf-stable natural form foods, and rehydratable beverages. — NASA

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