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

n the atmosphere of an environment

Type of:
environment, environs, surround, surroundings
the area in which something exists or lives

n a particular environment or surrounding influence

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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