Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Coolness and composure, especially in trying circumstances.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Composure, level-headedness, coolness in trying circumstances.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Freedom from agitation or excitement of mind; coolness in trying circumstances; indifference; calmness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Freedom from agitation or excitement of mind; coolness; indifference; calmness in trying circumstances.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. great coolness and composure under strain

Etymologies

French : sang, blood (from Old French, from Latin sanguis) + froid, cold (from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *frigidus, alteration of Latin frīgidus; see frigid).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French sang-froid ("cool blood") (Wiktionary)

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