- 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 fluency
But fluency and being able to talk to Hispanics are two entirely different matters.Which Potential Candidates Speak Spanish—and Will It Matter?
December 14, 2014
Moreover, uneducated Americans have a competitive advantage because of their fluency in English.The Case for More Low-Skill Immigration
Veronique de Rugy
December 7, 2014
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
February 24, 2014
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
January 13, 2012
Also it discusses local affairs with fluency and more or less point.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Yet his fluency never ran off into the fatal channels of verbosity.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)
He passed this off as a sort of reflection on his fluency of words.Frank H. Nelson of Cincinnati
Warren C. Herrick
His manner, his voice, his diction, his fluency were alike the subject of praise.
She could speak Latin with fluency and Greek moderately well.History of the English People
John Richard Green
- the quality of being fluent, esp facility in speech or writing
- 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 fluency
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.