sang-froid

[French sahn-frwa]

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. sanely,
  2. sanfilippo's syndrome,
  3. sanford,
  4. sanforized,
  5. sang,
  6. sangallo,
  7. sangamon,
  8. sangar,
  9. sangaree,
  10. sanger

Origin of sang-froid

1740–50; < French: literally, cold blood

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British Dictionary definitions for sang-froid

sang-froid

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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