- 1Able to express oneself easily and articulately: a fluent speaker and writer on technical subjectsMore example sentences
- Darnell talked for two minutes and said a lot less than a fluent speaker could have communicated in three sentences…
- By that definition, only a handful of fluent speakers remains.
- It points out that fluent speakers have fallen from 250,000 over 80 years ago to under 30,000 today.
- 1.1Able to speak or write a particular foreign language easily and accurately: she became fluent in French and GermanMore example sentences
articulate, able to speak or write … easily and accurately; (be fluent in) have a (good) command of
- I'm nearly 26, I have a first class honours degree, I'm fluent in a foreign language, and I can't even get a job that pays peanuts in a provincial theatre.
- He, however, confesses that he is not very fluent in the foreign languages since he does not get too much of a chance to converse in those languages.
- As a result, there's a fairly good chance that the child will, if not be entirely fluent in another language, be able to understand and speak a few words of a foreign language.
- 1.2(Of a foreign language) spoken accurately and with facility: he spoke fluent SpanishMore example sentences
- Franklin Roosevelt spoke fluent French and German and worked to create the United Nations, but no one doubted that his allegiance was to America above all.
- They speak fluent French, passable German, and have notions of Spanish.
- The restaurant manager spoke fluent English and German and all the staff were very attentive without being intrusive.
- 2Smoothly graceful and effortless: his style of play was fast and fluentMore example sentences
- He left ECM in 1985, so this compilation covers the first decade of his career: the melodies are fresh; the solos are fluent and graceful.
- His piano playing is smooth, fluent and inventive and the band, when given room to breathe, turn in some fine playing.
- The elf smiled, concentrating for a moment, then glanced up, tracing one hand across invisible arcane symbols in graceful, fluent motions.
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- Striking the ball fluently he moved smoothly to a half-century that was punctuated with nine 4s and a 6.
- The blade of his skates glided fluently across the smooth surface, the unmarked ice having disappeared long ago.
- A person's inability to speak English fluently does by no means diminish their academic or even social ability.
late 16th century: from Latin fluent- 'flowing', from the verb fluere.