adjective el·o·quent \ˈe-lə-kwənt\

: having or showing the ability to use language clearly and effectively

: clearly showing feeling or meaning

Full Definition of ELOQUENT

:  marked by forceful and fluent expression <an eloquent preacher>
:  vividly or movingly expressive or revealing <an eloquent monument>
el·o·quent·ly adverb

Examples of ELOQUENT

  1. His success serves as an eloquent reminder of the value of hard work.
  2. <an eloquent writer and speaker, Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the founders of the women's rights movement>
  3. He [H. L. Mencken] relished the vagaries of vernacular speech and paid eloquent homage to them in The American Language. —Jackson Lears, New Republic, 27 Jan. 2003

Origin of ELOQUENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin eloquent-, eloquens, from present participle of eloqui to speak out, from e- + loqui to speak
First Known Use: 14th century
ELOQUENT Defined for Kids


adjective el·o·quent \ˈe-lə-kwənt\

Definition of ELOQUENT for Kids

:  having or showing clear and forceful expression <an eloquent speaker> <an eloquent plan>
:  clearly showing some feeling or meaning <an eloquent look>
el·o·quent·ly adverb

Word Root of ELOQUENT

The Latin word loquī, meaning to talk or to speak, and its form locūtus give us the roots locu and loqu. Words from the Latin loquī have something to do with talking. An eloquent speaker speaks clearly and well. Elocution is the art of speaking or reading well in public. A ventriloquist is a person who speaks so that the voice seems to come from elsewhere.


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