flu·​ent | \ ˈflü-ənt How to pronounce fluent (audio) \

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web He is known for his community policing skills and positive interactions with residents, Abuzahrieh, who is fluent in Arabic, is a Marine Corps veteran. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 14 Dec. 2021 Many times, shows with characters speaking more than one language feature characters who are not fluent. Danielle Turchiano, Variety, 13 Dec. 2021 Sometimes such workers are not fluent in Spanish, presenting barriers to communication with their co-workers and superiors as well as the ability to advocate for their rights. Esther Tseng, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2021 For all her social unorthodoxy, Isabella was also an intellectual, fluent in both French and Italian, who ran in scholarly social circles who read Dante for their book club. Stefanie Waldek, House Beautiful, 16 Apr. 2021 Those most fluent in facial language tend to be born deaf. Malia Wollan, New York Times, 2 Mar. 2021 All are fluent in the subject and adept at making the world of, say, Bitcoin much more accessible and digestible. John Anderson, WSJ, 21 Dec. 2021 But Succession doesn’t just make its characters fluent in market-speak. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 11 Dec. 2021 Fortune 500 companies become more inclusive and culturally fluent. Karin Eldor, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021

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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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“Fluent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluent. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce fluent (audio) \

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

More from Merriam-Webster on fluent

Nglish: Translation of fluent for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of fluent for Arabic Speakers

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