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ambiance

am·bi·ance (am·bi·ence)

ambiance (ambience)

 
pronunciation:
aem bi ns [or] am bi ans
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the distinctive character or mood of an environment; atmosphere.
The restaurant creates a relaxing ambiance with its soft lighting.
synonyms:
air, atmosphere, character, color, feel, mood
similar words:
cast, climate, feeling, flavor, setting, spirit, temper, tone, vibrations
definition 2: environment; surroundings.
She'd been fearful of going away to college, but she blossomed in this new ambiance.
synonyms:
environment, milieu, setting, surroundings
similar words:
circumstances, context, situation
Word Parts
The word ambiance contains the following parts:
ambi- Latin prefix that means both, on both sides, around
synonyms:
amphi-, ampho-
 
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.