Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[kuh m-poh-zher] /kəmˈpoʊ ʒər/
serene, self-controlled state of mind; calmness; tranquillity:
Despite the hysteria and panic around him, he retained his composure.
Origin of composure
First recorded in 1590-1600; compose + -ure
Related forms
noncomposure, noun
equability, serenity, quiet, coolness, equanimity, self-possession.
agitation. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for composure
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The interview had been prolonged a moment too long and her composure was gone.

    Basil Everman Elsie Singmaster
  • The girl stopped for a few moments to recover her composure.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • He gave his friend a few seconds to recover his composure, and then approached the question he had come to put.

  • He struggled for composure as Peterson stared dazedly at the test sheets.

    Make Mine Homogenized Rick Raphael
  • Behind the mask of her composure Lucinda was absurdly agitated and, on that account, a little angry.

    Linda Lee, Incorporated Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for composure


calmness, esp of the mind; tranquillity; serenity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for composure

c.1600, "composition" (also, in early use, with many senses now given to compound), from compose + -ure. Sense of "tranquility, calmness" is first recorded 1660s, from composed "calm" (1620s). For sense, cf. colloquial to fall apart "to lose one's composure."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for composure

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for composure

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for composure