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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O'Rourke , a fluent Spanish speaker who represented Texas’ 16th Congressional District, managed more than Booker’s few lines. NBC News, "Democrats make it plain: Inclusion is necessary here," 27 June 2019 Booker, another fluent Spanish speaker, had his chance later on. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Spanish-speakers stand out at Democratic debate as O'Rourke, Booker, Castro show bilingual skills," 27 June 2019 That's where Arie comes in—originally born in the Netherlands and a fluent speaker of Dutch, the former Bachelor (and new dad!) helps two accountants, a couple named Bill and Jenny, search for a new home in his native country. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Arie From The Bachelor is Now Apparently a Real Estate Agent on House Hunters International," 29 May 2019 O’Rourke showed off his fluent Spanish in his opening statement. Nicholas Riccardi, The Denver Post, "Takeaways from the first Democratic presidential debate," 27 June 2019 O’Rourke, who represented a border district and speaks fluent Spanish, kicked things off early in the debate, breaking out in Spanish in answer to the first question addressed to him about the top individual tax rates. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "'Adios to Donald Trump.' Democratic Candidates Address Voters in Spanish in First Debate," 27 June 2019 O'Rourke showed off his fluent Spanish in his opening statement. Juana Summers And Nicholas Riccardi, chicagotribune.com, "Takeaways from the first Democratic presidential debate," 27 June 2019 Zhang, who had only been in the U.S. for two months and was not fluent in English, obliged. Fox News, "Ex-University of Illinois doctoral student killed visiting Chinese scholar, defense admits," 13 June 2019 Parkville has more than 2,000 students; about a quarter of them are immigrants not fluent in English. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, "How a nonprofit turned Baltimore County school storage rooms into a free general store for students in need," 11 June 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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