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 Information is available in Spanish to help taxpayers most fluent in that language. oregonlive, "Oregonians leaving tax money unclaimed," 1 Feb. 2020 Luka Doncic had just completed an eloquent greeting – using fluent Spanish – to address the sellout crowd ready for basketball at Mexico City Arena. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Pistons and Mavs' Mexican experience shows why NBA bullish on international markets," 14 Dec. 2019 Elders fluent in northern and southern Haida dialects revised dialogue and coached actors in pronunciation. Julian Brave Noisecat, The New Yorker, "Can Film Save Indigenous Languages?," 14 Nov. 2019 Her father supported the family as an IT professional and Chu grew up fluent in both English and Mandarin. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "San Jose actress Tiffany Chu shines in ‘Ms. Purple’," 18 Sep. 2019 Raised in Italy for seven years of his childhood, Bryant was fluent in Italian and was an ideal draw for a league that, ever since David Stern took over as commissioner in 1984, had seen basketball as a global game. New York Times, "How Kobe Bryant Helped the N.B.A. Conquer the World," 28 Jan. 2020 At least two of them will be fluent in English and Yup’ik. Time, "On the Edge of America, 2020 Census Begins in Tiny Alaska Town," 21 Jan. 2020 At least two of them will be fluent in English and Yup'ik. oregonlive, "US census begins in tiny Alaska town, population 661(?)," 19 Jan. 2020 At least two of them will be fluent in English and Yup’ik. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, "On the edge of America, census begins in a western Alaska village," 19 Jan. 2020

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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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15 Feb 2020

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“Fluent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluent?src=search-dict-hed. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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