- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfluːənt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfluənt/
- (obsolete) IPA(key): /ˈfljuːɛnt/
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- Rhymes: -ʊənt
- That flows; flowing, liquid.
- fluent handwriting
- 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 12, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes […], book II, London: […] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821:
- 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 use a language accurately, rapidly, and confidently – in a flowing way.
- She's fluent in French.
- 1863, Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard:
- The clerk had, I'm afraid, a shrew of a wife—shrill, vehement, and fluent.
In casual use, “fluency” refers to language proficiency broadly, while in narrow use it refers to using a language flowingly, rather than haltingly.
fluent (plural fluents)
- (mathematics, obsolete) A continuous variable, especially one with respect to time in Newton's Method of Fluxions.
fluent m (oblique and nominative feminine singular fluent or fluente)