sang-froid

[ French sahn-frwa ]
/ French sɑ̃ˈfrwa /

noun

coolness of mind; calmness; composure: They committed the robbery with complete sang-froid.

Origin of sang-froid

1740–50; < French: literally, cold blood
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British Dictionary definitions for sang-froid

sang-froid

/ (French sɑ̃frwa) /

noun

composure; self-possession; calmness

Word Origin for sang-froid

C18: from French, literally: cold blood
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Word Origin and History for sang-froid

sang-froid


n.

"presence of mind, composure," 1712, from French sang froid, literally "cool blood," from sang "blood" (from Latin sanguis; see sanguinary) + froid "cold" (from Latin frigidus; see frigid).

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