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

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 In addition to being fluent in English, Serbian and Spanish, Simovic can also speak Croatian and Bosnian. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2022 Rachel, who has a digital art bent and is fluent in programs like Procreate, joined in at around 12. Rob Walker, Fortune, 3 June 2022 Per his official IMDb profile, Wlaschiha is fluent in several different languages: German, English, French, Russian and Italian. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 31 May 2022 Through BuildUp’s hands-on learning approach, Martin says graduates are fluent in a trade skill and the financial literacy to expand their skills into a small business. Saige Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 May 2022 Being fluent in German and English -- in addition to Russian and Ukrainian -- Anna was a language teacher. Tom Soufi Burridge, ABC News, 27 May 2022 When her best friend starts college at U.C.L.A., Bran meets the person who will become her object of obsession: Peter, a Maine import who is fluent in Kafka and Schönberg. New York Times, 17 May 2022 My mom was raised by her paternal grandparents — wealthy doctors who spoke fluent Japanese, Hokkien and Mandarin and owned their own clinic. Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 The photographer for the article, Christopher Lee, is also tattooed and fluent in the language of the subculture. New York Times, 13 May 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for fluent


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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