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ˈflu əntflu·ent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fluent, fluid, liquid, smoothadjective

    smooth and unconstrained in movement

    "a long, smooth stride"; "the fluid motion of a cat"; "the liquid grace of a ballerina"

  2. eloquent, facile, fluent, silver, silver-tongued, smooth-spokenadjective

    expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively

    "able to dazzle with his facile tongue"; "silver speech"


  1. fluentadjective

    That flows; flowing, liquid.

  2. fluentadjective

    Able to speak a language accurately, rapidly, and confidently – in a flowing way.

  3. Etymology: From fluens.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FLUENTadjective

    Etymology: fluens, Latin.

    It is not malleable; but yet is not fluent, but stupified. Francis Bacon.

    Motion being a fluent thing, and one part of its duration being absolutely independent upon another, it doth not follow that because any thing moves this moment, it must necessarily continue to do so the next. John Ray, on the Creation.

    Those have some natural dispositions, which have better grace in youth than in age, such as is a fluent and luxurious speech. Francis Bacon.

    I shall lay before you all that’s within me,
    And with most fluent utterance. John Denham, Sophy.

  2. Fluentnoun

    Stream; running water.

    Confiding in their hands, that sed’lous strive
    To cut th’ outrageous fluent; in this distress,
    Ev’n in the sight of death. Phillips.


  1. fluent

    Fluency (also called volubility and eloquency) is the property of a person or of a system that delivers information quickly and with expertise.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fluentadjective

    flowing or capable of flowing; liquid; glodding; easily moving

  2. Fluentadjective

    ready in the use of words; voluble; copious; having words at command; and uttering them with facility and smoothness; as, a fluent speaker; hence, flowing; voluble; smooth; -- said of language; as, fluent speech

  3. Fluentnoun

    a current of water; a stream

  4. Fluentnoun

    a variable quantity, considered as increasing or diminishing; -- called, in the modern calculus, the function or integral

  5. Etymology: [L. fluens, -entis, p. pr. of fluere to flow; cf. Gr. to boil over. Cf. Fluctuate, Flux.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fluent

    flōō′ent, adj. ready in the use of words: voluble: marked by copiousness.—n. the variable quantity in fluxions.—ns. Flu′ence (Milt.), Flu′ency, Flu′entness, readiness or rapidity of utterance: volubility.—adv. Flu′ently. [L. fluens, fluentis, pr.p. of fluĕre, to flow.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fluent is ranked #91221 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Fluent surname appeared 202 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Fluent.

    98% or 198 total occurrences were White.

Anagrams for fluent »

  1. unfelt

  2. unleft

  3. netful

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fluent in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fluent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of fluent in a Sentence

  1. Bill Kretzschmar:

    The speaker may have English as a second language because the intonation is not quite fluent in the way you would expect of a native U.S. speaker or native Canadian, but the speaker may have spent a long time in North America, because the speech is really too fluent just to have been learned abroad.

  2. Nemo Ha?de?e?st ` i??i?? ':

    We are at a tipping point with our language. We have enough fluent speakers now that we need to use [them] to help save our language.

  3. Mark Milley:

    He grew up in Europe, and he's lived all over the continent, and he's fluent in French, Russian and Italian. He reads Spanish and Portuguese. And he can get by and understand Polish and Ukrainian, which enables him to communicate directly with about half the population of Europe.

  4. Junko Ishido:

    Kenji's English is very good. He should sound more fluent.

  5. Charles Boberg of McGill University:

    The speaker is obviously a native speaker of Arabic, given the way he speaks that language and the influence it has on his English but his English is extremely fluent, to a level I would label near-native.

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