flu·​en·​cy ˈflü-ən(t)-sē How to pronounce fluency (audio)
: the quality or state of being fluent

Example Sentences

She speaks with great fluency. Students must demonstrate fluency in a foreign language to earn a degree. a dancer known for her fluency and grace He plays the piano with speed and fluency.
Recent Examples on the Web But not every developer in Latin America is seeing equal demand from foreign startups—the developers WIRED spoke with noted that English fluency is key to accessing many of these jobs. Wired, 13 Aug. 2022 The last recommendation moves beyond just employers, and rather asks that the next generation of workers are taught sustainability fluency and science in primary and secondary schools. Alena Botros, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2022 The Bnei Moshe pooled their limited resources, built a one-room synagogue, and rapidly reached a fluency and observance attained by only a minority of Jews. Dominic Green, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 But Rodin was trying to remind those who found his work ugly, rough and uncomfortably explicit that there is more to great art than beauty, fluency and grace. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 Fairfield’s camps focus on a structured reading program that covers phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, fluency and vocabulary. al, 16 June 2022 People induced to feel more anxious showed greater creative fluency during a problem-solving task, including the quantity and originality of their ideas and their ability to persist when obstacles arose. Tracy Dennis-tiwary, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Some of the poem was composed there; the following month, much of its finale was brought forth, with a fluency verging on the trancelike, in Lausanne, on the shore of Lake Geneva. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 26 Sep. 2022 Our organizations, Tent and JFF, have released a new guide that gathers best practices for companies on how to help workers who are still building language fluency thrive in their roles. Yaron Schwartz, Fortune, 18 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1636, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fluency was in 1636

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“Fluency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluency. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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flu·​en·​cy ˈflü-ən-sē How to pronounce fluency (audio)
: the quality or state of being fluent
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