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 This was a man who was educated in the United States, who was fluent in English and had spent the majority of his life essentially working as a quote unquote, journalist for the Saudi royal family. CBS News, "Director Bryan Fogel discusses his new film on Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing," 23 Dec. 2020 Even more satisfying than the recipes are his writings on cafe culture, including the hilarious admission that even a fluent French speaker struggles with anxiety when trying to order a glass of wine. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "25 cookbooks that need to be part of your collection," 9 Dec. 2020 The sister, who spoke fluent English, reminded him of a typical American teen-ager. Suki Kim, The New Yorker, "The Underground Movement Trying to Topple the North Korean Regime," 16 Nov. 2020 The professor of political science, who speaks fluent English, has also authored dozens of books. NBC News, "Senior PLO official Saeb Erekat taken to hospital as Covid-19 condition worsens," 18 Oct. 2020 For Camilo Parra, a pro bono housing attorney and fluent Spanish speaker, interpreting the government directives around the coronavirus for his Hispanic clients can be challenging even for him. Ingrid Cotto, orlandosentinel.com, "COVID-19 kills Central Florida Hispanics at higher rates. Now they face a language barrier with evictions.," 28 Sep. 2020 David, a fluent Spanish speaker, helped Michelle communicate with a Spanish-speaking mechanic. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "'Just want you to know I love you': Wife prays under husband's hospital window as he fights COVID-19," 7 Aug. 2020 New York City’s Barry Farber, who reportedly spoke 20 languages, was also fluent in the vernacular of the disaffected urban intellectuals who left the Democratic Party. Tevi Troy, Washington Examiner, "Conservatives we lost in 2020," 17 Dec. 2020 Braden wrote the scripts, and his mother, who is fluent in French, assisted with the translations. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "R.I.P. Henri, le Chat Noir, angst-ridden feline YouTube star for the ages," 10 Dec. 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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10 Jan 2021

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“Fluent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluent. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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