nonchalance

noun
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
Recent Examples on the Web The rapidly approaching war should have undercut Anchorage residents’ nonchalance towards air-raid safety. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Blackouts and air raid preparedness were taken seriously in nearly all American cities during WWII. Not Anchorage.," 1 Feb. 2021 Aaron also was a gifted outfielder with a powerful arm, something often overlooked because of a smooth, effortless stride that his critics — with undoubtedly racist overtones — mistook for nonchalance. Paul Newberry, Chron, "Hank Aaron, baseball's one-time home run king, dies at 86," 22 Jan. 2021 Aaron also was a gifted outfielder with a powerful arm, something often overlooked because of a smooth, effortless stride that his critics — with undoubtedly racist overtones — mistook for nonchalance. Paul Newberry, ajc, "Hank Aaron, baseball's one-time home run king, dies at 86," 22 Jan. 2021 The apparent nonchalance has a strong rationale: Darden has a long record of growth and profitability, and expects to eke out a small profit even during a time of crisis. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Investors Risk Over-Ordering Restaurant Stocks," 18 Dec. 2020 Johnson did it with the nonchalance of a player who could have been at the local muni for a Sunday game with his buddies. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, "Column: Green jacket fits as well in November as in April," 15 Nov. 2020 Perry, who perpetually conveys a kind of amiable nonchalance, had a muted response to the news that Johnson plans to challenge him. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: Conservative Clayton Perry draws a serious challenger in council race," 12 Dec. 2020 Yet writer-director Emerald Fennell, best known till now as an actor and the showrunner on the second season of the glam-assassin series Killing Eve, blasts into this territory with delicious nonchalance. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "Revenge Is Sweet in Promising Young Woman," 24 Dec. 2020 That nonchalance about spreading the virus carried this month into the White House, where Trump and first lady Melania Trump hosted a traditional series of elaborate holiday parties. Anchorage Daily News, "The inside story of how Trump’s denial, mismanagement and magical thinking led to the pandemic’s dark winter," 20 Dec. 2020

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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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14 Feb 2021

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“Nonchalance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonchalance. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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nonchalance

noun
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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