Definition of fluent
1a : capable of flowing : fluid powered, granular, or fluent materialsb : capable of moving with ease and grace the fluent body of a dancer
2a : capable of using a language easily and accurately fluent in Spanish a fluent writerb : effortlessly smooth and flowing a fluent performance spoke in fluent Englishc : having or showing mastery of a subject or skill fluent in math
Examples of fluent in a sentence
a fluent speaker of Chinese
a very fluent speaker who always communicates his points well
Origin and Etymology of fluent
Latin fluent-, fluens, present participle of fluere — more at fluid
First Known Use: 1585
FLUENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fluent for English Language Learners
: able to speak a language easily and very well
: done in a smooth and easy way
FLUENT Defined for Kids
Definition of fluent for Students
1 : able to speak easily and well He was fluent in Spanish.
2 : smooth and correct She speaks fluent German.
Word Root of fluent
The Latin word fluere, meaning “to flow,” gives us the root flu. Words from the Latin fluere have something to do with flowing. A fluid is a substance that flows and is usually a liquid. When someone is fluent in a language the words flow out of her or him. Anything superfluous, or extra, has flowed forth beyond what is necessary.
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