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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Recent Examples on the Web Padgett is brought to her lowest point; hemorrhaging followers, losing sponsorships, and getting iced out by a beauty-brand manager who is performed with a knowing fluency by Kourtney Kardashian. Luke Winkie, Vulture, 1 Sep. 2021 Demonstrating fluency to leverage technology for advantage in unique and innovative ways. Heide Abelli, Forbes, 6 May 2021 In announcing Berg as the school’s interim principal, officials highlighted her fluency in the language and work as a bilingual mentor for district educators. oregonlive, 8 Aug. 2021 Clad in a silvery shiny suit, Chalamet — well known for his French fluency — dashed to spectators to take selfies and sign autographs. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, 12 July 2021 Raising us in Canada provided us with certain stamps of approval: the ability to speak English without an accent, a fluency in Western culture, a deep appreciation for Celine Dion. Sadiya Ansari, refinery29.com, 31 May 2021 Many of them pursue driving cabs because the job doesn’t require a high level of English fluency. Author: Greg Kim, Anchorage Daily News, 17 July 2021 There is no amount of fluency in any language, Kitamura suggests, that can immediately interpret matters of this complexity. Jackie Thomas-kennedy Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 His wife and six children are adjusting well and achieving fluency in English. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 June 2021

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First Known Use of fluency

1636, in the meaning defined above

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“Fluency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluency. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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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


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

Kids Definition of fluency

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


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