- The definition of fluent is having complete knowledge of a foreign language so you can express yourself in that language, or the ability to speak easily, flow freely or move smoothly.
- A person who can speak a foreign language very well is an example of someone who is fluent in that language.
- An eloquent speaker who makes speeches easily and articulately is an example of a fluent speaker.
- A person who glides and moves gracefully is an example of someone who would be described as having fluent movements.
- flowing or moving smoothly and easily: fluent verse
- able to write or speak easily, smoothly, and expressively: fluent in French
Origin of fluentClassical Latin fluens (gen. fluentis), present participle of fluere, to flow: see fluctuate
- a. Able to express oneself readily and effortlessly: a fluent speaker; fluent in three languages.b. Flowing effortlessly; polished: speaks fluent Russian; gave a fluent performance of the sonata.
- Flowing or moving smoothly; graceful: a yacht with long, fluent curves.
- Flowing or capable of flowing; fluid.
Origin of fluentLatin fluēns, fluent-, present participle of fluere, to flow; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more fluent, superlative most fluent)
- That flows; flowing, liquid.
- (linguistics) Able to speak a language accurately, rapidly, and confidently – in a flowing way.
In casual use, “fluency” refers to language proficiency broadly, while in narrow use it refers to speaking a language flowingly, rather than haltingly.
From Latin fluens (“flowing”).