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adjective flu·ent \ˈflü-ənt\

Simple Definition of fluent

  • : able to speak a language easily and very well

  • : done in a smooth and easy way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fluent

  1. 1 a :  capable of flowing :  fluid b :  capable of moving with ease and grace <the fluent body of a dancer>

  2. 2 a :  capable of using a language easily and accurately <fluent in Spanish> <a fluent writer> b :  effortlessly smooth and flowing :  polished <a fluent performance> <spoke in fluent English> c :  having or showing mastery of a subject or skill <fluent in mathematics>

fluently

adverb

Examples of fluent in a sentence

  1. a fluent speaker of Chinese

  2. <a very fluent speaker who always communicates his points well>



Origin and Etymology of fluent

Latin fluent-, fluens, present participle of fluere — more at fluid


First Known Use: 1585


FLUENT Defined for Kids

fluent

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adjective flu·ent \ˈflü-ənt\

Definition of fluent for Students

  1. 1 :  able to speak easily and well <He was fluent in Spanish.>

  2. 2 :  smooth and correct <She speaks fluent German.>

fluently

\-ənt-lē\ adverb


Word Root of fluent

The Latin word fluere, meaning “to flow,” gives us the root flu. Words from the Latin fluere have something to do with flowing. A fluid is a substance that flows and is usually a liquid. When someone is fluent in a language the words flow out of her or him. Anything superfluous, or extra, has flowed forth beyond what is necessary.



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