noun \ə-ˈpläm, -ˈpləm\

: confidence and skill shown especially in a difficult situation

Full Definition of APLOMB

:  complete and confident composure or self-assurance :  poise

Examples of APLOMB

  1. He showed great aplomb in dealing with the reporters.
  2. <you've handled a difficult situation with perfect aplomb>
  3. In The Most Famous Man in America, Applegate, a Ph.D. in American studies from Yale, tells this grand story with aplomb, intelligence and a sure feel for historical context. —Michael Kazin, New York Times Book Review, 16 July 2006

Origin of APLOMB

French, literally, perpendicularity, from Middle French, from a plomb, literally, according to the plummet
First Known Use: 1823

Synonym Discussion of APLOMB

confidence, assurance, self-possession, aplomb mean a state of mind or a manner marked by easy coolness and freedom from uncertainty, diffidence, or embarrassment. confidence stresses faith in oneself and one's powers without any suggestion of conceit or arrogance <the confidence that comes from long experience>. assurance carries a stronger implication of certainty and may suggest arrogance or lack of objectivity in assessing one's own powers <handled the cross-examination with complete assurance>. self-possession implies an ease or coolness under stress that reflects perfect self-control and command of one's powers <answered the insolent question with complete self-possession>. aplomb implies a manifest self-possession in trying or challenging situations <handled the reporters with great aplomb>.
APLOMB Defined for Kids


noun \ə-ˈpläm\

Definition of APLOMB for Kids

:  confidence and skill shown especially in a difficult situation <He handled the questions with great aplomb.>


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