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.

Examples of nonchalance in a Sentence

with their usual nonchalance they arrived at the wedding ceremony half an hour late
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First Known Use of nonchalance

1678, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonchalance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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