[ kuhm-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 formsnon·com·po·sure, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for composure


/ (kəmˈpəʊʒə) /


calmness, esp of the mind; tranquillity; serenity
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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."

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