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[uh-plom, uh-pluhm] /əˈplɒm, əˈplʌm/
imperturbable self-possession, poise, or assurance.
the perpendicular, or vertical, position.
Origin of aplomb
1820-30; < French à plomb according to the plummet, i.e., straight up and down, vertical position
1. composure, equanimity, imperturbability.
1. confusion, discomposure; doubt, uncertainty. Unabridged
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  • Was there nothing said about the airs of a country school-ma'am, the aplomb of an adventurer?

    A Little Journey in the World Charles Dudley Warner
  • Miss Milbrey disunited the chatting couple with swiftness and aplomb.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "Your father didn't wish you to hear," she said, with all the aplomb she could muster.

  • She received his bits of news with the aplomb of a resourceful commander.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Suddenly, as if by magic, his aplomb returned, and in a flash of understanding he perceived the situation.

    Coniston, Complete Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for aplomb


equanimity, self-confidence, or self-possession
Word Origin
C18: from French: rectitude, uprightness, from à plomb according to the plumb line, vertically
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Middle French a plomb 'according to the plummet''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for aplomb

"assurance, confidence," 1828, from French aplomb (16c.), literally "perpendicularity," from phrase à plomb "poised upright, balanced," literally "on the plumb line," from Latin plumbum "(the metal) lead" (see plumb (n.)), of which the weight at the end of the line was made.

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