froideur

noun
froi·​deur | \ˌf(r)wä-ˈdər, -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

froideur

French noun
froi·​deur | \frwä-dœr \

Definition of froideur (Entry 2 of 2)

: coolness : coldness of manner

Examples of froideur in a Sentence

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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

Noun

1784, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for froideur

Noun

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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