An ambiance is the mood or setting of a place. You might like the ambiance of a certain restaurant because the lighting and decor makes you feel comfortable and happy.

Ambiance is pronounced "AHM-bee-ahns." Most places have an ambiance made up of whatever sights, smells, sounds, and even sensations or textures fill the space. A fancy French restaurant gets its ambiance from the candlelight and chic black outfits worn by the wait staff while the diner off the highway might have a funky, retro ambiance because of its 1950s counter and jukebox full of golden oldies.

Definitions of ambiance
  1. noun
    the atmosphere of an environment
    synonyms: ambience
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    type of:
    environment, environs, surround, surroundings
    the area in which something exists or lives
  2. noun
    a particular environment or surrounding influence
    synonyms: ambience, atmosphere
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    genius loci
    the special atmosphere of a place
    gloom, gloominess, glumness
    an atmosphere of depression and melancholy
    miasm, miasma
    an unwholesome atmosphere
    feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smell, spirit, tone
    the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
    a cause of worry or gloom or trouble
    bareness, bleakness, desolation, nakedness
    a bleak and desolate atmosphere
    a flashy vulgar tone or atmosphere believed to be characteristic of the American film industry
    the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation
    type of:
    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
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