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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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 Still, for banks that expect to be tied to their old technology to some extent for the foreseeable future, fluency in Cobol remains key. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Do You Know Cobol? If So, There Might Be a Job for You.," 21 Sep. 2018 Winner was a cryptologic language analyst, requiring fluency in at least one foreign language which was not divulged. Terace Garnier, Fox News, "Reality Winner sentenced to more than 5 years over classified report leak," 23 Aug. 2018 Libraries also frequently offer ESL programs to help those less familiar with English gain fluency. Kim Komando, Fox News, "11 amazing perks you get from your local library you never knew before now," 25 Aug. 2018 In auditioning some 700 actors, Mr. Grey and the other creators emphasized theatrical experience and talent over fluency. Joseph Berger, New York Times, "How Do You Say ‘Tradition’ in Yiddish?," 11 July 2018 Social media fluency is a hallmark of their movement. Noah Johnson, GQ, "Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Alyx Plot the Future of Menswear," 27 June 2018 And in a new study, scientists have pinpointed the age at which your chances of reaching total fluency plummet: 10. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Why It's So Hard to Learn Another Language After Childhood," 2 May 2018 The Air Force measures linguistic aptitude with tests to determine an airmen's existing fluency, or his or her capacity to learn another language. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Will Teach Computer Coding Like a Foreign Langauge," 13 Sep. 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


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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