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

  • n. The special atmosphere or mood created by a particular environment: "The noir ambience is dominated by low-key lighting . . . and deep shadows, creating feelings of disorientation, loneliness and entrapment” ( UCLA Film/TV Archive).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A particular mood or atmosphere of an environment or surrounding influence.
  • n. A secondary color of a polygon that becomes more pronounced with shading.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. a particular environment or surrounding influence
  • n. the atmosphere of an environment


French, from ambiant, surrounding, from Latin ambiēns, ambient-; see ambient.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French ambiance (Wiktionary)



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