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aplomb

[ uh-plom, uh-pluhm ]
/ əˈplɒm, əˈplʌm /
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noun

imperturbable self-possession, poise, or assurance.
the perpendicular, or vertical, position.

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Origin of aplomb

First recorded in 1820–30, aplomb is from French à plomb “according to the plummet,” i.e., straight up and down, vertical position
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aplomb
/ (əˈplɒm) /

noun

equanimity, self-confidence, or self-possession

Word Origin for aplomb

C18: from French: rectitude, uprightness, from à plomb according to the plumb line, vertically
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