fluent

adjective flu·ent \ ˈflü-ənt \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of fluent

1 a : capable of flowing : fluid
  • powered, granular, or fluent materials
b : capable of moving with ease and grace
  • the fluent body of a dancer
2 a : 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

fluently

adverb

Examples of fluent in a Sentence

  1. a fluent speaker of Chinese

  2. a very fluent speaker who always communicates his points well

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Origin and Etymology of fluent

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


FLUENT Defined for English Language Learners

fluent

adjective

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

fluent

adjective flu·ent \ ˈflü-ənt \

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.

fluently

\-ənt-lē\ adverb

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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