el·​o·​quence ˈe-lə-kwən(t)s How to pronounce eloquence (audio)
: discourse marked by force and persuasiveness
also : the art or power of using such discourse
: the quality of forceful or persuasive expressiveness

Examples of eloquence in a Sentence

The senator's eloquence is well known. She spoke with eloquence on the need for better schools.
Recent Examples on the Web The Wingfield family’s repressions are bound to boil over, but they are lulled into stasis by Williams’ poetical eloquence. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Dec. 2023 De Niro does have other things to occupy his mind, however, despite any lack of eloquence on those topics. Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2023 The two have been colleagues for three decades, since the now 63-year-old president was a young philosophy instructor, a teacher’s union leader, and a democracy advocate noted for his eloquence. Ellen Knickmeyer and Tracy Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Aug. 2023 The selection was inevitably going to be a progressive Democrat, and was likely to bring to the chamber some combination of the eloquence of Kamala Harris, the bipartisan goodwill of Barbara Boxer, the sparkling personality of Gray Davis, and the fresh face of Nancy Pelosi. The Editors, National Review, 5 Oct. 2023 Growing up in Dundee in the ‘60s and ‘70s certainly had its moments, and Paterson mines them with gusto, eloquence, and humor, sharing his obsessions, his worries, his questions, his moments of defeat, and his moments of glory in this invigorating memoir. Daneet Steffens, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Aug. 2023 From celebration to calamity, from farce to affliction, the novel is swept along by the raw eloquence of McBride’s voice. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2023 The Beethoven certainly showed off the eloquence of the DSO’s principal winds: flutist David Buck (with a warm tone that almost sounded like a wooden instrument), clarinetist Gregory Raden, oboist Erin Hannigan and bassoonist Ted Soluri. Dallas News, 4 Feb. 2023 And remember: Don’t mistake a bot’s eloquence with true comprehension. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 10 July 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin ēloquentia, noun derivative of ēloquent-, ēloquens "capable of speech, expressing oneself fluently, eloquent"

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of eloquence was in the 14th century

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“Eloquence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eloquence. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


el·​o·​quence ˈel-ə-kwən(t)s How to pronounce eloquence (audio)
: speech or writing that is forceful and convincing
also : the art or power of speaking or writing in a forceful and convincing way

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