flu·​en·​cy | \ ˈflü-ən(t)-sē How to pronounce fluency (audio) \

Definition of fluency

: the quality or state of being fluent

Examples of fluency in a Sentence

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.
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The opening exchanges were a little cagey, with plenty of fouls and little fluency from either side. SI.com, "Sweden 1-0 South Korea: Dream Start for Swedes as Granqvist Penalty Breaks Koreans' Resistance," 18 June 2018 With their very millennial digital fluency and unique celebrity nexus between the worlds of fashion and music, the similarity between the Ferragnez and Kimye—the ne plus ultra of social media power couples—has not been lost on them. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chiara Ferragni's Secret to Winning on Social Media," 18 Apr. 2019 For Weiner, digital fluency means proficiency in designing presentations, manipulating spreadsheets and navigating social media. Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post, "Forget coding. It’s the soft skills, stupid. And that’s what schools should be teaching.," 20 Apr. 2018 Some illustrated stories are written specifically for children who are just learning to read or who are flirting with fluency. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Taking to the Sky," 25 Jan. 2019 Ballet steps pour forth here with wonderfully natural fluency, while challenging the speed and dexterity of the dancers. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "New York City Ballet Is in Limbo, but in Bloom," 31 May 2018 That set the tone for the night: a lot of overhit balls, some slow-motion defending from a Madrid side that seemed to be playing well below capacity and a strange lack of rhythm or fluency on either side. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Real Madrid Gets Total Marcelo Experience, Capitalizes to Beat Bayern Munich Again," 25 Apr. 2018 And fluency requires exposure in the classroom––beyond a cursory there are these people who think differently, which ends up being a caricature of a position. Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, "A New Leader in the Push for Diversity of Thought on Campus," 6 Feb. 2018 At the end of every lesson is a quiz to assess the user's fluency in that concept, Dr. Maricich explains; the patient must achieve 100 percent to move on. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "The FDA Thinks This App Could Help People With Opioid Use Disorder Stay in Recovery," 17 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of fluency

1636, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fluency

: the ability to speak easily and smoothly especially : the ability to speak a foreign language easily and effectively
: the ability to do something in a way that seems very easy


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Kids Definition of fluency

: the ability to speak easily and well Students must demonstrate fluency in a foreign language.

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