fluency

noun
flu·en·cy | \ ˈflü-ən(t)-sē \

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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His fluency in Spanish helped him land a posting in Havana, where his reporting on the Fidel Castro regime drew the attention of NBC and, eventually, led the communist government to force him from Cuba. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Richard Valeriani, NBC News correspondent bludgeoned for civil rights coverage, dies at 85," 19 June 2018 His fluency in Spanish helped him land a posting in Havana, where his reporting on the Fidel Castro government drew the attention of NBC and, eventually, led Cuban authorities to force him from the country. Washington Post, latimes.com, "Richard Valeriani, NBC News correspondent bludgeoned for civil rights coverage, dies at 85," 20 June 2018 Access to the shortcuts and other functions added a fluency to using Photoshop that a regular tablet would lack. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "HP’s ZBook x2: It’s powerful, it’s specialized, and it’s very expensive," 27 May 2018 The Texas Civil Rights Project said Perez-Domingo has a limited fluency in Spanish, and his primary language is Mam, an indigenous language in Guatemala. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Rights group claims family separations continue at border, despite Trump's executive order," 13 July 2018 At a time when police were moving toward more community interaction, Reyes, whose father is Mexican-American and whose mother is white, started on the street as a patrol officer, applying his fluency in Spanish to the job. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "‘He’s just a doer’: Meet Seattle police-chief candidate Ely Reyes," 9 July 2018 Immigrants have been serving in the U.S. military since the country’s founding, but recent programs have encouraged the enlistment of those with medical specialization or certain language fluency. Renae Reints, Fortune, "The U.S. Army Is Abruptly Discharging Immigrant Enlistees Previously Headed Toward Citizenship, Lawyers Say," 6 July 2018 Their queries were clumsy, demonstrating limited fluency in the workings of social media and its jargon. Nash Jenkins, Time, "The Mark Zuckerberg vs. Ted Cruz Showdown Was the Most Explosive Part of Today's Facebook Testimony," 10 Apr. 2018 What’s blessedly the same: the dry sense of humor, the luscious visual style established by the frequent director Hiro Murai and the writers’ effortless fluency with social media’s language and quirks. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Atlanta’ and the Surreal Larceny of Life," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of fluency

1636, in the meaning defined above

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fluency

noun

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

fluency

noun
flu·en·cy | \ ˈflü-ən-sē \

Kids Definition of fluency

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

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