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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An extroverted man who speaks fluent street Spanish (learned with help from Cherie, who is Puerto Rican), Feeley plays the cajón, dances salsa, loves bullfighting, and is pleased to tell you about his friendship with the late Gabriel García Márquez. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "The Diplomat Who Quit the Trump Administration," 19 May 2018 By emphasizing O’Rourke’s given name, Cruz highlights that the congressman isn’t Hispanic, even though O’Rourke speaks fluent Spanish and is from the border. Peggy Fikac, San Antonio Express-News, "Ted Cruz not taking Beto O’Rourke’s challenge for granted," 11 Mar. 2018 Liang, who still speaks fluent Spanish, grew up in Tijuana and Chula Vista. Jeanette Steele, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2nd generation of Asian entrepreneurs poised to take Convoy District into future," 19 Jan. 2018 Many of them are not fluent in Spanish and instead speak Mayan languages known as K'iche' and Mam. Anita Snow, The Christian Science Monitor, "Indigenous language interpreters help asylum-seekers at the border," 2 July 2018 To become completely fluent, however, learning should start before the age of 10. Dana G. Smith, Scientific American, "At What Age Does Our Ability to Learn a New Language Like a Native Speaker Disappear?," 4 May 2018 Musa is fluent in Spanish, holds FINRA 4, 7, 24, 63 and 65 licenses, as well as life and health insurance licenses, and is Six-Sigma Greenbelt certified. Fortune, "The 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Business," 14 Mar. 2018 Being fluent in Japanese allowed me to get around easily and work there. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "He speaks Japanese and lived in Saudi Arabia. Now he’s helping to shape Brickell. | Miami Herald," 2 Feb. 2018 An inversion of that history, in which Americans practice aikido or grow fluent in Japanese social customs in order to get by, is fascinating to watch the show parse. Karen Han, Vox, "The Man in the High Castle season 3 has too many characters, too little time," 6 Oct. 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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