Origin of aplombFr, literally , perpendicularity, equilibrium from à, to + plomb, the metal lead: see plumb
The definition of aplomb is a strong belief in yourself and the ability to remain calm under pressure.
To know with certainty that you are the best person for the job and then to perform it well is an example of performing a job with aplomb.
Self-confident assurance; poise: “It is native personality … that endows a man to stand before presidents or generals … with aplomb” ( Walt Whitman )
Origin of aplombFrench from Old French a plomb perpendicularly a according to ( from Latin ad- ; see ad- . ) plomb lead weight ( from Latin plumbum lead )
- Mr. Oakley did this with great aplomb and to loud applause.
- The party was planned without our usual aplomb, it would appear.
- Ronnie reeled them off with such aplomb it almost didn't matter.
- After the break, Ben from the Honeyshot appeared singing protest songs backed by his 12-string, played with customary aplomb.
- It was worn with great aplomb by "bad boys" throughout history, from rock 'n' roll musicians to bikers, and quickly became a veritable uniform of sorts for so-called "tough" guys.