non·​cha·​lance | \ ˌnän-shə-ˈlän(t)s How to pronounce nonchalance (audio) ; ˌnän-shə-ˌlän(t)s, -lən(t)s\

Definition of nonchalance

: the quality or state of being nonchalant She faced the crowd with the nonchalance of an experienced speaker.

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Examples of nonchalance in a Sentence

with their usual nonchalance they arrived at the wedding ceremony half an hour late

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Its biggest success story in its early days was bringing bringing Stüssy to Europe, introducing a generation of Italian kids to SoCal skate culture and its associated, almost anti-fashion nonchalance. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Think Streetwear Is a New Phenomenon? Meet Luca Benini Who Started the Hype 30 Years Ago," 11 Jan. 2019 But the work of adopting a pose of nonchalance eventually felt more exhausting than anything else. Daniel Ortberg, Vox, "The best $6,250 I ever spent: top surgery," 18 Dec. 2018 Aristocratic Italians, meanwhile, adopted the idea of sprezzatura, or studied nonchalance that became the attitude favored by the influential taste-making dandies of early 19th century England. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Presents “Camp: Notes on Fashion” For Its Spring 2019 Exhibition," 9 Oct. 2018 Nothing like judicial nonchalance about the Constitution. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Ninth Circuit vs. Free Speech," 12 Sep. 2018 The bidding was fierce and done mostly by women who raised their placards with practiced nonchalance. Ramin Mostaghim,, "U.S. sanctions hurt, but Iran's wealthy find solace in art," 3 July 2018 In her black bomber jacket and broken Wayfarers, Stewart delivered nonchalance, while Maxwell kept things classic with an oversize Chanel tote and wire-rim frames. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Kristen Stewart and Stella Maxwell’s Couple’s Airport Style Is On Point," 5 Apr. 2018 Trump's letter seems to acknowledge as much, with unsettling nonchalance. Jay Willis, GQ, "Donald Trump Cancels North Korea Summit, Placing His Nobel Peace Prize in Serious Jeopardy," 24 May 2018 The mind-warping grace notes of the first season — a black Justin Bieber, the jaw-dropping getaway of an invisible sports car — were deployed with nonchalance. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "‘Atlanta’ Skips a Grade," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of nonchalance

1678, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonchalance was in 1678

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non·​cha·​lance | \ ˌnän-shə-ˈläns How to pronounce nonchalance (audio) \

Kids Definition of nonchalance

: the state of being relaxed and free from concern or excitement

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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