Origin of fluent
Examples from the Web for fluency
But fluency and being able to talk to Hispanics are two entirely different matters.Which Potential Candidates Speak Spanish—and Will It Matter?|Eleanor Clift|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Moreover, uneducated Americans have a competitive advantage because of their fluency in English.
Miller certainly has fluency both around a microphone and around the big ideas that campaigns are supposed to be about.It’s Matt Miller Time! Longtime Radio Host Runs for Congress|David Freedlander|February 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Doron Avital has all the fluency of an insider when talking about Israeli commando operations deep in enemy terrain.Israeli Secret Ops: Former Head of Special Unit Explains How It’s Done|Dan Ephron|January 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Wargrave marvelled at the ease and fluency with which Colonel Dermot spoke the language.The Jungle Girl|Gordon Casserly
So soon as Menin had concluded his address, her Majesty instantly replied, with much earnestness and fluency of language.History of the United Netherlands, 1584-86, Vol. I. (of IV) Complete|John Lothrop Motley
Ned, who now began to speak Spanish with some fluency, asked.Under Drake's Flag|G. A. Henty
He talked with fluency, and his air and manner gave a grace and dignity to the most trifling topics.Damon and Delia|William Godwin
It has more smoothness and fluency than the northern languages, and less music in its vocal sounds, than the Spanish and Italian.Dissertation on the English Language|Noah Webster, Jr.
Word Origin 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.