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

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The Cold War had forced Congress to rely on regional experts who understood alliances and foreign cultures, as well as arms-control experts fluent in the language of deterrence theory. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "America’s Disappearing Foreign Policy," 27 Mar. 2018 O’Rourke’s mother, Melissa, says her son, the eldest of three kids, became fluent in Spanish listening to household maids and Mexican friends. Will Weissert, The Seattle Times, "The Origin Story: A blind date, a border and Beto O’Rourke," 29 Mar. 2019 The guide, Laila al-Huzayel, 42, a fluent Hebrew speaker, was eager to divulge some of the local intrigue on the bus, between stops. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Israelis Play Tourists in a Bedouin Town in the Negev," 6 June 2018 Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Zaki immigrated to the United States as an infant, but visited his birth country often and speaks fluent Arabic. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Actor Zeeko Zaki Is Ready to Change the Narrative of Arab Men on the Small Screen," 25 Sep. 2018 Pocahontas and her tribe have never encountered the English before John Smith and his crew come to America, and yet, the Native Americans can all speak fluent English? 5. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "11 Disney Movie Plot Holes That Will Forever Be Annoying," 30 Jan. 2019 The region’s governor conducts negotiations with Chinese officials in fluent Mandarin. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "A Surprise Winner From the U.S.-China Trade Spat: Russian Soybean Farmers," 21 Feb. 2019 The Boston Red Sox catcher needs a new game, and a second career in espionage turns out to be a perfect fit for an antisocial genius fluent in seven languages. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "In ‘The Catcher Was a Spy,' Paul Rudd is baseball-playing man of secrets," 21 June 2018 Initially, Lewis and Clark were primarily interested in Sacagawea’s skills as a translator, for the continuation of their expedition, since Sacagawea was fluent in both the Hidatsa and Shoshone languages. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Sacagawea Changed the Course of History and Deserves Respect," 11 Jan. 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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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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