[French sahn-frwa]


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

Origin of sang-froid

1740–50; < French: literally, cold blood

Synonyms for sang-froid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sang-froid

Contemporary Examples of sang-froid

  • Spaniards have always been miscast as hotheads; they are, in fact, the masters of sang-froid.

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    Spain's Win: Cosmic Justice

    Tunku Varadarajan

    July 11, 2010

Historical Examples of sang-froid

  • "Nothing at all," he said with the sang-froid of the experienced traveler.

    Little Miss Grouch

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • She had the strength and sang-froid of a woman in the prime of life.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • At tea Clara felt the refinement and sang-froid of the household.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • My case was desperate and only a miracle of sang-froid could save me.

    My Friends the Savages

    Giovanni Battista Cerruti

  • But he, M. Lacheneur, had been wise enough to retain his sang-froid.

    The Honor of the Name

    Emile Gaboriau

British Dictionary definitions for sang-froid



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

"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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