- 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.
Origin of fluent
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Examples from the Web for fluent
To work at Rizzoli you had to be fluent in several languages: three was the minimum when I began.The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and Greta Garbo
December 16, 2014
As fluent in drug trade jargon as Martian, Future peppers his lyrics with interstellar imagery befitting of his far out vocals.Future Makes Us Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew About Rap Artists
December 15, 2014
A more recent phenomenon in the political universe is politicians of Hispanic heritage who are not fluent in Spanish.Which Potential Candidates Speak Spanish—and Will It Matter?
December 14, 2014
The Telegraph reports that he is fluent in Swahili and a keen zoologist.How A British Aristocrat Used Big Game Hunter’s Sperm To Get Pregnant Without His Permission
December 2, 2014
Despite name ID and fluent Spanish (there was a sizable Hispanic population in the area), he lost by a sliver.George Takei Sets Phasers to Reform
July 15, 2014
He was a rapid, fluent talker, with excited utterance at times.Heroes of the Telegraph
His antagonist was Dr. Gunning, ready, fluent, and impassioned.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Then our friend Kenyon, who is a fluent speaker, can lay the case before them.'A Woman Intervenes
Fluent and voluble upon all other subjects, upon this he hesitated.Imogen
His English was slower and not as fluent as that of Zoro, and his words harder to understand.The Heads of Apex
- able to speak or write a specified foreign language with facility
- spoken or written with facilityhis French is fluent
- easy and graceful in motion or shape
- flowing or able to flow freely
Word Origin and History for fluent
1580s, "flowing freely" (of water, also of speech), from Latin fluentem (nominative fluens) "lax, relaxed," figuratively "flowing, fluent," present participle of fluere "to flow, stream, run, melt," from PIE *bhleugw-, extended form of *bhleu- "to swell, well up, overflow" (cf. Latin flumen "river;" Greek phluein "to boil over, bubble up," phlein "to abound"), an extension of root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell;" see bole. Used interchangeably with fluid in Elizabethan times. Related: Fluently.