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’
    • ‘So the ambience and atmosphere was scoring top marks so far - but let's get down to the food.’
    • ‘It was a truly superb experience, the ambience and the atmosphere was incredible.’
    • ‘Sunlight streams in through the windows, highlighting the artwork and contributing to the relaxed ambience.’
    • ‘The performances will be by candlelight lending a relaxed ambience to the evening.’
    • ‘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 is going to change the socialising habits of many people and the whole ambience of the Irish pub as outlined already.’
    • ‘Grassed mounds, ornamental trees and a lily pond are planned to complement the serene ambience.’
    • ‘She recreates the ambience and complex social networks of the period.’
    • ‘Like hotels you should have a cheerful ambience and good personalised services.’
    • ‘The perfect ambiance and temperature for the baby.’
    • ‘At once, the atmosphere and ambiance around her changed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Scientific research has established that fresh flowers can improve mood, prompt a smile, and soften the ambiance of an environment.’
    • ‘I never tire of the climate and the ambiance, and after so many trips, I have many good friends who live there.’
    • ‘However, a good makeover could give the site the ambience and safety that many people clearly think it deserves.’
    • ‘Like Listowel, the town of Ballina had a rural ambience and this helped enormously to make people feel at home.’
    • ‘It has a quieter ambience during the day when food is an important element.’
    • ‘A friendly ambience has been created in the outlet that people can just come in and relax with a book.’
    atmosphere, air, aura, climate, mood, feel, feeling, vibrations, echo, character, quality, complexion, impression, flavour, look, tone, tenor, spirit
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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.’
      • ‘Audio cues such as engine noise, traffic ship whistle and sea sound add to the ambience.’
      • ‘The hallmark sound for recording this record was the ambience and the brightness.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

ambience

/ˈambɪəns/