Ambience is another word for atmosphere in the sense of the mood a place or setting has. If an expensive restaurant has soft lighting and peaceful music, it has a pleasant, soothing ambience.

Ambience is one of those words that we've out and out stolen from French. In French, the word meaning the same thing is, you guessed it, ambience. This is a word you're going to want to know if you have any interest in restaurant reviews — they always want to talk about the ambience. As a funny quirk, the word has a positive feel to it; it can be used to mean nice atmosphere without even using the word, nice, as in, "Hey, this place really has ambience."

Definitions of ambience

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

ambiance, 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
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condition, status
a state at a particular time

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