self-as·​sured ˌself-ə-ˈshu̇rd How to pronounce self-assured (audio)
: sure of oneself : self-confident
ˌself-ə-ˈshu̇r-əd-lē How to pronounce self-assured (audio)
ˌself-ə-ˈshu̇r-əd-nəs How to pronounce self-assured (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Eckersberg is seen here looking, at midcareer, extremely self-assured in a polished oil painting by Christian Albrecht Jensen. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 23 Mar. 2023 Both are eminently self-assured and foolish to the point of ridiculousness. Hillary Kelly, Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2023 Babies who are held more in the first year of life grow up to be more self-assured. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, 26 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1668, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-assured was in 1668

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“Self-assured.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


: sure of oneself : having self-confidence

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