com·​po·​sure | \ kəm-ˈpō-zhər How to pronounce composure (audio) \

Definition of composure

: a calmness or repose especially of mind, bearing, or appearance : self-possession The witness started to break down, then paused and regained her composure.

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equanimity, composure, sangfroid mean evenness of mind under stress. equanimity suggests a habit of mind that is only rarely disturbed under great strain. accepted her troubles with equanimity composure implies the controlling of emotional or mental agitation by an effort of will or as a matter of habit. maintaining his composure even under hostile questioning sangfroid implies great coolness and steadiness under strain. handled the situation with professional sangfroid

Examples of composure in a Sentence

After the initial shock she regained her composure. kept his composure in spite of the repeated provocations
Recent Examples on the Web And who can forget Gayle King's remarkable composure during her interview with Kelly for CBS? Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "2019 pop culture Top 10: High points include Greta Thunberg, Lizzo, Baby Yoda," 27 Dec. 2019 Instead, the proceedings unfold in the present tense, astonishing the viewer anew with their breathtaking scale and the matter-of-fact composure of the three astronauts. The Economist, "What to watch The best films released in 2019," 19 Dec. 2019 Despite his composure during the now-iconic performance, Caroll was incredibly emotional underneath the Big Bird suit. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "The Heartbreaking True Story Behind Caroll Spinney's Tribute to Jim Henson After His Death," 16 Dec. 2019 She was floored by his composure, and shared her observation on social media. Melissa Chan, Time, "These Heroes Went Above and Beyond in 2019," 12 Dec. 2019 Obviously there in the fourth quarter to lose our composure is ridiculous, unacceptable and will be dealt with punitively. Nick Moyle,, "Texas’ spiral continues in loss to Baylor," 23 Nov. 2019 Winning a rivalry game on the road in a loud, hostile stadium takes composure and poise. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks get the job done with poise, composure and discipline: Issues & Answers," 20 Oct. 2019 Slovis ranks second in the nation in completion percentage, but his composure on the road raises its own questions. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "For USC’s Clay Helton, Notre Dame is ‘not just another game’," 11 Oct. 2019 Such composure when faced with this fake disaster, a hidden camera prank played on a number of Tunisian public figures during Ramadan, made an impression. 1843, "Tunisia’s new president: how memes and viral videos led to a “Robocop” revolution," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of composure

1647, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for composure

see compose

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The first known use of composure was in 1647

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30 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Composure.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of composure

: calmness especially of mind, manner, or appearance


com·​po·​sure | \ kəm-ˈpō-zhər How to pronounce composure (audio) \

Kids Definition of composure

: calmness especially of mind, manner, or appearance Throughout the crisis he managed to maintain his composure.

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dull or mediocre

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