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Date: 1900-2000
Language: French
Origin: ambiance, from ambiant, from Latin; AMBIENT

ambience

noun
     
am‧bi‧ence , ambiance [singular]
the qualities and character of a particular place and the way these make you feel [= atmosphere]
pleasant/relaxing/friendly etc ambience
The restaurant's new owners have created a welcoming ambience.

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