Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
  Show Word Combinations
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
eloquent

el·o·quent

eloquent

 
 
pronunciation:
e l kwihnt
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: fluent, apt, and persuasive, as a speaker or a speech.
The eloquent speaker utterly inspired and moved the audience.
synonyms:
articulate, silver-tongued
antonyms:
inarticulate
similar words:
effective, flowing, fluent, graceful, oratorical, persuasive, poetic, smooth-spoken, well-spoken
definition 2: effective and expressive.
The actor's gesture here is subtle but very eloquent.She said nothing, but she gave an eloquent sigh.
synonyms:
expressive
similar words:
emphatic, meaningful, significant, suggestive, trenchant
derivations: eloquently (adv.), eloquentness (n.)
Word Parts
The word eloquent contains the following parts:
e- Latin prefix that means out, out of, away
Show wordsHide wordsMore about this word part:
The prefix e- is an assimilated form of ex- used before roots beginning with certain consonants (b d, g, j, l, m, n, r, v). See ex-.
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means In nouns: one who or that which does the action denoted by the base verb.
Show wordsHide wordsMore about this word part:
The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.