I was just checking on the spelling of "aviance". However, google is giving me very surprising results. Please type "aviance", "aviance definition", and "what does aviance mean" into the google search engine to see what I mean.

The "aviance of a restaurant" is pretty common phrase to say. "Aviance" sounds French, so I could understand why English dictionaries do not have a definition for it. But, a broad google search turns-up nothing regarding "aviance" meaning "atmosphere". I mean, "aviance" is not that simple of a word, so I would have expected that non-native speakers would have asked tons of questions about its meaning, and usage. But, there is nothing. What is going on?

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    I think you mean ambiance. There isn't any English word aviance. – Kit Z. Fox Jul 24 '14 at 17:07
  • You have done a good job explaining the situation. This question appears to be off-topic because it is about misremembering a word. – Kit Z. Fox Jul 24 '14 at 17:12
  • But, I know I've heard the phrase "the aviance of the restaurant was nice". That basically means "the atmosphere of the restaurant was nice." right? I don't know what to say. – user312440 Jul 24 '14 at 17:13
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    (Please don't delete the contents of your question - just because it's closed doesn't mean it's a bad question. It just means that it's unnecessary for it to sit around collecting new answers.) – Marthaª Jul 24 '14 at 17:21
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    Allow me to just register a spot of raised eyebrows at the fact that every single instance of the word on this page—in both comments and answers—has used the much less common spelling ambiance, as opposed to the more common ambience. Colour me surprised! – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jul 24 '14 at 17:39

I think you may have more success trying to google ambiance.

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  • Why would I google "ambiance"? I am asking about the word "aviance". – user312440 Jul 24 '14 at 17:08
  • @user312440, you should try looking up ambiance rather than aviance because the former is a word, while the latter is not. – Marthaª Jul 24 '14 at 17:10
  • ok. I am an auditory learner. And, I am almost certain I've heard a phrase that, when written phonetically, sounds like "the aviance of the restaurant". But, obviously I am wrong. – user312440 Jul 24 '14 at 17:15
  • @KitFox; Actually the word is ambience, as the link shows; you appear to have misled every other commenter into believing in the nonexistent word *ambiance. This was clearly a postmodern comment on those who misremember the misremembering of a word rather than inadvertence; my congratulations on your subtlety. – Tim Lymington Jul 24 '14 at 17:37
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    @KitFox, as I noted above, my browser thinks that "ambiance" is the correct spelling, and it marks "ambience" as misspelled. My experience agrees with this: "ambiance" looks correct to me, and "ambience" looks slightly... off. Every dictionary I've checked so far has listed both spellings; they're about evenly divided on which spelling they consider the "main" one, though there is more than one that has the full definition only under "ambiance", and "ambience" merely has a link to the former entry. – Marthaª Jul 24 '14 at 23:38

Google has its limitations too on knowing what you mean, especially if you accidentally typo a word into an actual brand. In this case, ambiance is the atmospheric feeling that you're referring to.

If you're ever in doubt, you can always try putting the word into a thesaurus or dictionary website to see if it shows up there. Most will go beyond English language. However, in this case, I couldn't pull up any results for the word 'aviance' which wasn't the brand Aviance.

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  • Just, for the final record, what I had been doing was, when I read the word "ambience", I pronounced it similar to the word "ambient" as in "ambient temperature". In conversation, I was hearing a word that sounded like "aviance" (to me at least). So, I'd thought that there were 2 words. One I knew to spell but used an "ambient" like mispronunciation. The other, I knew how to pronounce, but misspelled it as "aviance". In fact, there really is just one word. – user312440 Jul 25 '14 at 16:52
  • Very understandable. I suppose my wording was poor by calling it a typo, rather than a misunderstanding. It's experiences like these where you may literally never see that word again without thinking back to this moment =). I admit that my spell-check commonly is by using Google, so it was just a strange scenario where it gave you results for what you searched... but not ones you were after~. – Xrylite Jul 25 '14 at 17:15

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