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


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

Origin of aplomb

First recorded in 1820–30, aplomb is from the French word à plomb according to the plummet, i.e., straight up and down, vertical position
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British Dictionary definitions for aplomb

/ (əˈplɒm) /


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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