ambience

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
  1. noun
    the atmosphere of an environment
    synonyms: ambiance
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    environment, environs, surround, surroundings
    the area in which something exists or lives
  2. noun
    a particular environment or surrounding influence
    synonyms: 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
    cloud
    a cause of worry or gloom or trouble
    bareness, bleakness, desolation, nakedness
    a bleak and desolate atmosphere
    Hollywood
    a flashy vulgar tone or atmosphere believed to be characteristic of the American film industry
    Zeitgeist
    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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