[am-bee-uhns; Fr. ahn-byahns] –noun, plural -bi⋅anc⋅es [-bee-uhn-siz; Fr. -byahns]
- 1. the mood, character, quality, tone, atmosphere, etc., particularly of an environment or milieu: The restaurant had a delightful ambiance.
- 2. that which surrounds or encompasses; environment.
< F, equiv. to ambi(ant) surrounding (MF, also ambient < L; see ambient ) + -ance -ance ==Synonym 1. Environment.