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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Her naan, played by Jane Kristovich, a ninety-one-year-old elder and one of the last remaining fluent speakers of the northern Haida dialect, takes a long drag from her pipe. Julian Brave Noisecat, The New Yorker, "Can Film Save Indigenous Languages?," 14 Nov. 2019 Asylum seekers help at the clinic, including two fluent English speakers who help translate — one from Cuba, the other from Venezuela. Nomaan Merchant, Twin Cities, "Tents, stench, smoke: Health risks are gripping migrant camp," 14 Nov. 2019 O’Rourke, a fluent Spanish speaker, has held 10 Hispanic-focused events across the country. NBC News, "Joe Biden is counting on Hispanic voters. Can they count on him?," 12 Oct. 2019 Kent Sievers/Omaha World-Herald, via Associated Press As a pastor in the United Methodist Church, the Rev. Donald Heckman projected an image as a bridge-building faith leader fluent in woke causes. Jack Healy, New York Times, "‘There Is No Excuse.’ Methodist Pastor, Accused of Sexual Harassment, Steps Down.," 27 Dec. 2019 Longtime obituary writers Kay Powell, formerly of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and John Pope, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, are fluent in the euphemisms used to eulogize the dead. CBS News, "Obit writers: Deadly serious about their craft," 3 Nov. 2019 The last person fluent in the Wiyot language died in the 1960s. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California tribe regains island it calls center of universe," 21 Oct. 2019 This is true regardless of the language in which communication occurs, and Zelensky is, in any case, multilingual and reportedly fluent in English. Daniel Ginsberg, Quartz, "Two linguists explain why calling the Ukraine memo a “transcript” is so wrong," 27 Sep. 2019 Beauty consultants fluent in Mandarin are also in demand. The Economist, "In Britain, command of a foreign language is still à la mode," 13 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of fluent was in 1585

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18 Jan 2020

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“Fluent.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluent. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce fluent (audio)

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

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