flu·ent | \ ˈflü-ənt \

Definition of fluent 

1a : capable of flowing : fluid powered, granular, or fluent materials

b : 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 writer

b : effortlessly smooth and flowing a fluent performance spoke in fluent English

c : having or showing mastery of a subject or skill fluent in math

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Other words from fluent

fluently adverb

Examples of fluent in a Sentence

a fluent speaker of Chinese a very fluent speaker who always communicates his points well

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The service members affected by the recent discharges all enlisted in recent years under a special program aimed at bringing medical specialists and fluent speakers of 44 sought-after languages into the military. CBS News, "U.S. Army abruptly discharging immigrant recruits: AP," 6 July 2018 Olmeda, who was not initially fluent in English, has fully embraced his role in the media. Bianca Padró Ocasio, OrlandoSentinel.com, "These Puerto Ricans who fled Hurricane María's destruction built a community at a Super 8 in Kissimmee. Now, they have to leave it.," 27 June 2018 Today, Mohamed is fluent in English, lives on the south side of Indianapolis and works in Lilly's investor relations and corporate social responsibility office. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis man lived refugee story: 'These people ... they are running for their lives'," 20 June 2018 At the same time, technology has allowed American fans to become more fluent in the global game than ever before. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Here Comes America’s World Cup (in 2026)," 14 June 2018 As the teachers – including some who don't have a health background – become more fluent in the curriculum, the county workers step back and become support. Molly Harbarger, OregonLive.com, "Multnomah County sues Trump administration over change to abstinence-only sex ed funding," 8 June 2018 Swedish artists in general are internationally fluent, and also progressive, tech-savvy, equality-minded and consensus-driven in a way that's uniquely Swedish. Cherie Hu, Billboard, "Sweden Makes Music: How Diversity, Education and Tech Propel Swedish Artists Onto the World Stage," 16 Jan. 2018 So that next generation of kids is going to be exposed to a language that is not what their great-grandparents spoke, but is definitely fluent. Adam Cohen, Smithsonian, "This Musician’s Songs Give Powerful Voice to a Language in Crisis," 3 July 2018 As one of the few Latino kids who is fluent in English, the teen would translate for other detainees the taunts and names the staff members were calling them. USA TODAY, "Young immigrants detained in Virginia center allege abuse," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of fluent

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fluent

Latin fluent-, fluens, present participle of fluere — more at fluid

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English Language Learners Definition of fluent

: able to speak a language easily and very well

: done in a smooth and easy way


flu·ent | \ ˈflü-ənt \

Kids Definition of fluent

1 : able to speak easily and well He was fluent in Spanish.

2 : smooth and correct She speaks fluent German.

Other words from fluent

fluently \-ənt-lē \ adverb

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