Definition of aplomb in English:


Syllabification: a·plomb
Pronunciation: /əˈpläm
, əˈpləm


Self-confidence or assurance, especially when in a demanding situation: Diana passed the test with aplomb
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  • The Laois girls captured the honours with some degree of aplomb and assurance.
  • He went on converting everything, most of them from the most difficult angles with a nerve and aplomb which was simply icy.
  • He converted the penalty with aplomb to settle his nerves and give the home side the start they wanted.
poise, self-assurance, self-confidence, calmness, composure, collectedness, levelheadedness, sangfroid, equilibrium, equanimity
informal unflappability


late 18th century (in the sense 'perpendicularity, steadiness'): from French, from à plomb 'according to a plummet'.

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