- imperturbable self-possession, poise, or assurance.
- the perpendicular, or vertical, position.
Origin of aplomb
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Examples from the Web for aplomb
Resolving moral dilemmas is her daily work, and she does it with clarity and aplomb.Ian McEwan's New Novel Keeps Life at Arm's Length
September 11, 2014
Meanwhile, during the past several years in Champagne, the “Grower” movement has gained momentum and aplomb.Champagne Goes Rogue
December 28, 2013
When he needed to put Rick Perry and Rick Santorum away during the primaries, by God he did it, and with aplomb.Mitt Romney’s Game-Change Moment in the Denver Presidential Debate
October 2, 2012
But Obama and his party have been playing the race card with the aplomb of a Jim Crow Democrat.The Tribal Election: Barack Obama Turns to the Karl Rove Playbook
July 24, 2012
The no-nonsense Belvin Perry Jr. presided over the tangled proceedings with aplomb.World's Crankiest Judges
July 4, 2011
She received his bits of news with the aplomb of a resourceful commander.
Miss Milbrey disunited the chatting couple with swiftness and aplomb.
I could read as much in her narrowed eyes as she tried for aplomb with her guests.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
The aplomb—why should there be a French word for an English quality?The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. I (of II)
Charles James Lever
Before the end of the repast he had recovered all his assurance, all his aplomb.Samuel Brohl & Company
- equanimity, self-confidence, or self-possession
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.