Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The special atmosphere or mood created by a particular environment.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Environment: in art, the arrangement of accessories and surroundings to support the main effect intended.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A particular mood or atmosphere of an environment or surrounding influence.
  • noun computer graphics, 3D models A secondary color of a polygon that becomes more pronounced with shading.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a particular environment or surrounding influence
  • noun the atmosphere of an environment

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from ambiant, surrounding, from Latin ambiēns, ambient-; see ambient.]

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Borrowing from French ambiance

Examples

  • Most of the following hotels are located in downtown Puerto Vallarta, south of the Rio Cuale, where the ambiance is at its best and the beach, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife are within walking distance.

    Budget hotels in Puerto Vallarta

  • Most of the following hotels are located in downtown Puerto Vallarta, south of the Rio Cuale, where the ambiance is at its best and the beach, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife are within walking distance.

    Budget hotels in Puerto Vallarta

  • Finding poinsettias for that additional touch of Christmas ambiance is not a problem; after all, poinsettias are indigenous to Mexico and are abundant in Vallarta.

    Christmas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

  • Yet somehow to Weingrad, that ambiance is the true “high fantasy.”

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Ongoing Debate Over Jewish Fantasy Literature

  • Finding poinsettias for that additional touch of Christmas ambiance is not a problem; after all, poinsettias are indigenous to Mexico and are abundant in Vallarta.

    Christmas in Mexico

  • Finding poinsettias for that additional touch of Christmas ambiance is not a problem; after all, poinsettias are indigenous to Mexico and are abundant in Vallarta.

    Christmas in Mexico

  • Finding poinsettias for that additional touch of Christmas ambiance is not a problem; after all, poinsettias are indigenous to Mexico and are abundant in Vallarta.

    Christmas in Mexico

  • Yet somehow to Weingrad, that ambiance is the true “high fantasy.”

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Ongoing Debate Over Jewish Fantasy Literature

  • Also, important to note, and adding on the notion that you are paying for service and ambiance, is the high mark-up of alcoholic beverages is partially to offset the slowing of table turnover due to alcohol consumption (but a lot of it is taxes and licenses, a petition at my local brewery against futher increases in tax on serving alcohol suggested that 44% of beer prices are tax in michigan).

    My Guess on Take-Out, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Finding poinsettias for that additional touch of Christmas ambiance is not a problem; after all, poinsettias are indigenous to Mexico and are abundant in Vallarta.

    Christmas in Mexico

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