non·​cha·​lance ˌnän-shə-ˈlän(t)s How to pronounce nonchalance (audio)
: the quality or state of being nonchalant
She faced the crowd with the nonchalance of an experienced speaker.

Examples of nonchalance in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonchalance was in 1678

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“Nonchalance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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non·​cha·​lance ˌnän-shə-ˈlän(t)s How to pronounce nonchalance (audio)
: the quality or state of being nonchalant

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