froi·​deur | \ ˌf(r)wä-ˈdər How to pronounce froideur (audio) , -ˈdœr \

Definition of froideur

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: coolness or extreme reserve in manner … glaring at reporters from beneath her jet-black eyebrows, lasering unwelcome questions with arctic blasts of froideur.— Tom Shone and Nicoletta Santoro There was, as befitting his Scandinavian froideur, little outward sign of emotion …— Oliver Brown


French noun
froi·​deur | \ frwä-dœr How to pronounce froideur (audio) \

Definition of froideur (Entry 2 of 2)

: coolness : coldness of manner

Examples of froideur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Such is the method of the movie: patient, composed, and cool to the point of froideur. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Remembrance of Kills Past in “The Irishman”," 25 Oct. 2019 There’s no hint of formal froideur from the smiling young staffers, dressed in breezy contemporary uniforms by 26-year-old designer Hugo Matha. Christopher Bagley, CNT, "Inside Paris's Remodeled Hôtel de Crillon," 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of froideur


1784, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for froideur


borrowed from French, literally, "chill, cold," going back to Old French freidur, froidour, from freid, froid "cold" (going back to Latin frīgidus) + -ur, -our -or entry 2 — more at frigid

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“Froideur.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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