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am·bi·ence

 (ăm′bē-əns, äN-byäNs′)
n.
Variant of ambiance.
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ambience

(ˈæmbɪəns; French ɑ̃bjɑ̃s) or

ambiance

n
the atmosphere of a place
[C19: from French ambiance, from ambiant surrounding; see ambient]
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am•bi•ance

or am•bi•ence

(ˈæm bi əns; Fr. ɑ̃ˈbyɑ̃s)

n., pl. -bi•anc•es or -bi•enc•es (-bi ən sɪz; Fr. -ˈbyɑ̃s)
the mood, special quality, or atmosphere of a place, situation, etc.; environment; milieu: The restaurant had a delightful ambiance.
[1885–90; < French, =ambi(ant) surrounding (Middle French, also ambient < Latin; see ambient) + -ance -ance]
syn: See environment.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ambience - a particular environment or surrounding influenceambience - a particular environment or surrounding influence; "there was an atmosphere of excitement"
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
genius loci - the special atmosphere of a place
gloominess, glumness, gloom - an atmosphere of depression and melancholy; "gloom pervaded the office"
miasm, miasma - an unwholesome atmosphere; "the novel spun a miasma of death and decay"
flavor, flavour, feel, spirit, smell, feeling, look, tone - the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people; "the feel of the city excited him"; "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"; "it had the smell of treason"
2.ambience - the atmosphere of an environmentambience - the atmosphere of an environment  
environs, surround, surroundings, environment - the area in which something exists or lives; "the country--the flat agricultural surround"
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ambience

noun atmosphere, feel, setting, air, quality, character, spirit, surroundings, tone, mood, impression, flavour, temper, tenor, aura, complexion, vibes (slang), vibrations (slang), milieu The overall ambience of the room is cosy.
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ambiance

also ambience
noun
1. A general impression produced by a predominant quality or characteristic:
2. The totality of surrounding conditions and circumstances affecting growth or development:
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Translations

ambience

[ˈæmbɪəns] Nambiente m, atmósfera f
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ambience

[ˈæmbiəns] n (= atmosphere) → ambiance f
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ambience

nAtmosphäre f, → Ambiente nt (geh)
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ambience

[ˈæmbɪəns] n (liter) (atmosphere) → ambiente m
the restaurant has a pleasant ambience → il ristorante ha un'atmosfera piacevole
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References in classic literature ?
A great over-heated stillness enveloped the ship and seemed to hold her motionless in a flaming ambience composed in two shades of blue.
Having deployed TSL Products' SoundField microphones for last year's release of NYC Ambisonics, PSE once again turned to the SoundField microphones to capture Chicago's ambiences from all angles.
Separately, the General received the member of French Foreign Relations Committee, Jean-Luc Retzer, with talks featuring high on the security and political ambiences at the regional level and their effect upon Lebanon.