From Latin fluens (“flowing”), present active participle of fluō (“I flow”).
fluent (comparative more fluent, superlative most fluent)
- That flows; flowing, liquid.
- fluent handwriting
- 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essayes, London: Edward Blount, OCLC 946730821, II.12:
- For time is a fleeting thing, and which appeareth as in a shadow, with the matter ever gliding, alwaies fluent, without ever being stable or permanent […].
- (linguistics) Able to speak a language accurately, rapidly, and confidently – in a flowing way.
- She's fluent in French.
In casual use, “fluency” refers to language proficiency broadly, while in narrow use it refers to speaking a language flowingly, rather than haltingly.
that flows; flowing, liquid
able to speak a language accurately and confidently
- Icelandic: reiprennandi, altalandi
- Ido: eloquenta (io)
- Indonesian: fasih (id), lancar (id)
- Italian: fluente (it) m, f
- Japanese: ぺらぺら (perapera), 流暢な (りゅうちょうな, ryūchō-na), すらすら (ja) (surasura)
- Khmer: please add this translation if you can
- Malay: fasih
- Maori: matatau
- Norwegian: flytende
- Polish: płynny (pl), biegły (pl)
- Portuguese: fluente (pt) m, f
- Russian: бе́глый (ru) (béglyj), свобо́дный (ru) (svobódnyj)
- Scottish Gaelic: siùbhlach
- Serbo-Croatian: tečan (sh)
- Slovene: tekoče
- Spanish: fluido (es) m, fluida (es) f
- Swedish: flytande (sv)
- Thai: please add this translation if you can
- Turkish: akıcı (tr)
- Vietnamese: please add this translation if you can
- Welsh: rhugl (cy)
- Yiddish: פֿליסיק (flisik)
fluent (plural fluents)
- (mathematics, obsolete) A continuous variable, especially one with respect to time in Newton's Method of Fluxions.
- third-person plural future active indicative of fluō
Borrowing from Latin fluens.
fluent m (oblique and nominative feminine singular fluent or fluente)
- (of a liquid) flowing; that flows