Definition of ambience in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈambēəns/
(also ambiance)


[usually in singular]
1The character and atmosphere of a place: the relaxed ambience of the cocktail lounge is popular with guests
More example sentences
  • 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.
atmosphere, air, aura, climate, mood, feel, feeling, character, quality, impression, complexion, flavor, look, tone, tenor;
setting, milieu, background, backdrop, element;
environment, conditions, situation
informal vibe(s)
1.1Background noise added to a musical recording to give the impression that it was recorded live.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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Syllabification: am·bi·ence

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