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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On it, Key, who speaks English with fluency, sings in both Korean and English over the original melody alongside Years & Years. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "SHINee's Key Joins Years & Years on Epic 'If You're Over Me' Remix: Listen," 6 July 2018 Miss Julia sings songs in Spanish and English, and converses in both languages with tolerable fluency. Deneen L. Brown, Washington Post, "‘The Bear Woman’: The brief, sad life of Julia Pastrana," 3 June 2018 As some on social media suggested, age might be limiting lawmakers’ fluency with technology: The average age of a senator is 63 years old. Jonathan Lewallen, Washington Post, "3 key takeaways from the Zuckerberg hearings," 12 Apr. 2018 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

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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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