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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David Neumann’s choreography blurs the distinction between dance and gesture with neo-Fosse nonchalance. Charles Mcnulty,, "Why ‘Hadestown’ deserves the Tony Award for best musical of the year," 3 June 2019 Think high-end sophisticated disinvoltura (easiness) blended with borrowed-from-the-guys nonchalance. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "In a Season of Sensational Runway Tailoring, the Best Investment Might Be a Suit from the Little Italian Label Giuliva Heritage," 6 Mar. 2019 The Republican nonchalance about the Trump branding exercise quickly gave way to concern about his apparent strength among Republican voters. Conrad Black, National Review, "Trump: A Brief History Thereof," 1 Aug. 2019 The market’s nonchalance would have been unthinkable even five years ago, when Apple was still a company known for its category-defining product launches polished to perfection by Ive’s design team. Sam Dean,, "How Jony Ive, Apple’s design guru, planned his own obsolescence," 28 June 2019 Talk of the town This pursuit of nonchalance extended to Brummell’s carefully constructed persona. Ignacio Peyró, National Geographic, "This 19th-century London dandy caused a style revolution," 18 June 2019 The nonchalance from Belichick – who pointed out that Tuesday marked practice No. 6, to be exact – is what never changes with this setup. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Patriots' challenge in offseason is to merge new elements with old ones," 4 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of nonchalance

1678, in the meaning defined above

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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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