[ French sahn-frwa ]
/ French sɑ̃ˈfrwa /


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

Origin of sang-froid

1740–50; < French: literally, cold blood Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sangfroid


/ (French sɑ̃frwa) /


composure; self-possession; calmness

Word Origin for sang-froid

C18: from French, literally: cold blood
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Word Origin and History for sangfroid



"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for sangfroid


[ (sahn-frwah, sahn-fwah) ]

Composure in the face of difficulty or danger: “We would all be dead today if our bus driver hadn't kept his sangfroid when the bus began to skid on the ice.” From French, meaning “cold blood.”

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