el·​o·​quence ˈe-lə-kwən(t)s How to pronounce eloquence (audio)
: discourse marked by force and persuasiveness
also : the art or power of using such discourse
: the quality of forceful or persuasive expressiveness

Example Sentences

The senator's eloquence is well known. She spoke with eloquence on the need for better schools.
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Word History


Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin ēloquentia, noun derivative of ēloquent-, ēloquens "capable of speech, expressing oneself fluently, eloquent"

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of eloquence was in the 14th century

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“Eloquence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eloquence. Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


el·​o·​quence ˈel-ə-kwən(t)s How to pronounce eloquence (audio)
: speech or writing that is forceful and convincing
also : the art or power of speaking or writing in a forceful and convincing way

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