[floo-uh nt] /ˈflu ənt/
spoken or written with ease:
"fluent French."
able to speak or write smoothly, easily, or readily:
"a fluent speaker; fluent in six languages."
easy; graceful:
"fluent motion; fluent curves."
flowing, as a stream.
capable of flowing; fluid, as liquids or gases.
easily changed or adapted; pliant.
1580–90; < Latin fluent- (stem of fluēns) flowing, present participle of fluere; see -ent
Related forms
fluency, fluentness, noun
fluently, adverb
nonfluency, noun
nonfluent, adjective
nonfluently, adverb
nonfluentness, noun
overfluency, noun
overfluent, adjective
overfluently, adverb
overfluentness, noun
transfluent, adjective
unfluent, adjective
unfluently, adverb
1, 2. Fluent, glib, voluble may refer to a flow of words. Fluent suggests the easy and ready flow of an accomplished speaker and is usually a term of commendation: a fluent and interesting speech. Glib implies an excessive fluency divorced from sincerity or profundity; it often suggests talking smoothly and hurriedly to cover up or deceive, not giving the hearer a chance to stop and think; it may also imply a plausible, prepared, and well-rehearsed lie: He had a glib answer for everything. Voluble implies the overcopious and often rapid flow of words characteristic of a person who loves to talk: She overwhelmed him with her voluble answer. See also eloquent.
Example Sentences for fluent
Three fluent speakers, two of them native, worked on this.
By the way, you don't need to learn a language in elementary school to be a fluent speaker.
And fluent in the other's language, they are good friends to boot.
Walruses are clumsy on land but swim with fluent grace.
Comparing a string of sequels is part of being intellectually fluent in the dynamics of play.
Becoming fluent in a language is certainly an ongoing process, and the training was a solid foundation to build upon.
For their own benefit, all who choose to live here need to be fluent.
From first to last, this amusing pretension has garnished his public oratory, and the responses of fluent sycophants.
Beloved friend, noted journalist and historian and fluent in four languages.
Her dancers are talented and her choreography is fluent.
British Dictionary definitions for fluent
fluent (ˈfluːənt)
1.  able to speak or write a specified foreign language with facility
2.  spoken or written with facility: his French is fluent
3.  easy and graceful in motion or shape
4.  flowing or able to flow freely
[C16: from Latin: flowing, from fluere to flow]

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Word Origin and History for fluent
1580s, from L. fluentem (nom. fluens), prp. of fluere "to flow," from PIE *bhleugw-, extended form of from PIE *bhleu- "to swell, well up, overflow" (cf. L. flumen "river;" Gk. phluein "to boil over, bubble up," phlein "to abound"), an extension of base *bhel- (2); see bole. Used interchangeably with fluid in Elizabethan times. Related: Fluently
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