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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
From French, dating back to 1670-80; See origin at nonchalant, -ance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Naturally," I said with nonchalance, though my quick temper was fired.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • "Oh, yes," assented Kirkwood, with a nonchalance not entirely unassumed.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • This was all said with a sort of nonchalance, which Corny did not at all like.

  • His nonchalance, I believe, was forced and meant to cover uneasiness.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • The elder lady spoke with the nonchalance of one quite used to the process.

    A Tangled Tale Lewis Carroll
  • His father courteously tried to make amends for his nonchalance.

    A Tangled Tale Lewis Carroll
  • He shrugged and produced his snuff-box with an offensive simulation of nonchalance.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
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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