[non-shuh-lahns, non-shuh-lahns, -luh ns]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nonchalance

Contemporary Examples of nonchalance

Historical Examples of nonchalance

  • "Naturally," I said with nonchalance, though my quick temper was fired.

  • "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

Word Origin and History for nonchalance

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper