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[non-shuh-lahns, non-shuh-lahns, -luh ns] /ˌnɒn ʃəˈlɑns, ˈnɒn ʃəˌlɑns, -ləns/
the state or quality of being nonchalant; cool indifference or lack of concern; casualness.
Origin of nonchalance
1670-80; < French; see nonchalant, -ance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Yet his nonchalance, his serenity—something about him—irritated her.

    The Trail to Yesterday Charles Alden Seltzer
  • “It is curious how Francis has these attacks of nonchalance,” muttered the General.

    Major Frank A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
  • A few mornings later the same bird gave me another and more amusing exhibition of his nonchalance.

    Birds in the Bush Bradford Torrey
  • My fingers shook while with show of nonchalance I resumed adjusting the halters.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • Joe was just sauntering through the gate, hands in pockets, nonchalance expressed in every motion.

    Full-Back Foster Ralph Henry Barbour
  • "Oh, yes," assented Kirkwood, with a nonchalance not entirely unassumed.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • A twitching face belied the nonchalance that he'd attempted to throw into the words.

Word Origin and History for nonchalance

1670s, from French nonchalance (13c.), from nonchalant (see nonchalant).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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