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 With the nonchalance of an actor who spent the ’80s making rent by playing a semimystical antiques dealer in a British teatime drama, McShane declared that everyone needed to calm down about George R. R. Martin’s epic saga. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Why The Witcher Is Better Than Game of Thrones," 1 Jan. 2020 The trenches grow deep and labyrinthine, and the nonchalance of the soldiers’ descent into the inferno is mesmerizing. Kyle Smith, National Review, "1917: A Somber Journey into Hell," 25 Dec. 2019 Castillo talked about the dangerous nonchalance that can result from the weather whiplashing from a high of mid-60 degrees one day, down to a high of mid-20 degrees the next. Greta Easthorn,, "Maryland weather: Colder temperatures projected for later in winter. Why? Blame the Madden-Julian Oscillation.," 13 Dec. 2019 Hundreds of people cycle in and out daily for touch-ups and treatments, with the nonchalance of stopping by a salon for a blowout. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Injectables Are the Future of K-Beauty Trends in America," 9 Dec. 2019 But his current nonchalance belies his past as a fringe politician grinding his ax against the special reservations afforded to indigenous and other historically marginalized communities. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The anti-indigenous politics that still fuels Latin America’s right," 27 Nov. 2019 In case anyone needed evidence of this state of nonchalance, the singer and beauty and fashion mogul posted a glorious slo-mo video of herself living her best life by frolicking in a black bikini. Cady Lang, Time, "Here's Rihanna Strolling as a Goddess Among Us in This Nonchalant Slow Motion Video," 17 Oct. 2019 In The Farewell, Billi has a quieter revelation that pulls her away from the American nonchalance her grandmother once chided her for. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Can a Film Be a Love Letter to a Country?," 17 July 2019 Other programs always look better than the one a kid is in and some kids transfer schools with the nonchalance of dropping third-period French. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Mick McCabe: After 50 years covering preps, parents getting more in way," 25 Aug. 2019

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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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“Nonchalance.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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