[el-uh-kwuh nt]


having or exercising the power of fluent, forceful, and appropriate speech: an eloquent orator.
characterized by forceful and appropriate expression: an eloquent speech.
movingly expressive: looks eloquent of disgust.

Origin of eloquent

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin ēloquent- (stem of ēloquēns, present participle of ēloquī) speaking out, eloquent, equivalent to ē- e-1 + loqu- speak + -ent- -ent
Related formsel·o·quent·ly, adverbel·o·quent·ness, nounnon·el·o·quent, adjectivenon·el·o·quent·ly, adverbqua·si-el·o·quent, adjectivequa·si-el·o·quent·ly, adverbsu·per·el·o·quent, adjectivesu·per·el·o·quent·ly, adverbun·el·o·quent, adjectiveun·el·o·quent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedelegant eloquent

Synonym study

Eloquent, fluent, articulate, expressive are adjectives that characterize speech or speakers notable for their effectiveness. Eloquent suggests clarity and power: an eloquent plea for disarmament. Fluent, with a root sense of flowing, refers to easy, smooth, facile speech: fluent in three languages. Articulate characterizes a clear and effective speaker or speech: an articulate spokesman for tax reform. Expressive focuses on rendering intelligible or meaningful the ideas or feelings of a speaker or writer and implies an especially effective, vivid use of language: a deeply moving, powerfully expressive evocation of a city childhood. See also fluent.
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  • Quickly, but eloquently, Blood expressed his thanks, where he knew that no thanks were due.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Eloquently he describes his struggle with the changing language.

  • She dwelt earnestly and, indeed, eloquently on the beauty of the scenery.

  • The Fynes looked at each other eloquently, doubtfully: What do you think of this?


    Joseph Conrad

  • They whispered to him eloquently; I don't think they quite expected the result.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for eloquently



(of speech, writing, etc) characterized by fluency and persuasiveness
visibly or vividly expressive, as of an emotionan eloquent yawn
Derived Formseloquently, adverb

Word Origin for eloquent

C14: from Latin ēloquēns, from ēloquī to speak out, from loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for eloquently



late 14c., from Old French eloquent, from Latin eloquentem (nominative eloquens), present participle of eloqui "to speak out" (see eloquence). Related: Eloquently.

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