from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by persuasive, powerful discourse: an eloquent speaker; an eloquent sermon.
- adj. Vividly or movingly expressive: a look eloquent with compassion. See Synonyms at expressive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. fluently persuasive and articulate
- adj. effective in expressing meaning by speech
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the power of expressing strong emotions or forcible arguments in an elevated, impassioned, and effective manner.
- adj. Adapted to express strong emotion or to state facts arguments with fluency and power
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the power of expressing strong emotions in vivid and appropriate speech; able to utter moving thoughts or words: as, an eloquent orator or preacher; an eloquent tongue.
- Expressing strong emotions with fluency and power; movingly uttered or expressed; stirring; persuasive: as, an eloquent address; eloquent history; an eloquent appeal to a jury.
- Manifesting or exciting emotion, feeling, or interest through any of the senses; movingly expressive or affecting: as, eloquent looks or gestures; a hush of eloquent silence.
- Giving strong expression or manifestation; vividly characteristic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ēloquēns, ēloquent-, present participle of ēloquī, to speak out; see elocution.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin eloquens ("speaking, having the faculty of speech, eloquent"), present participle of eloqui ("to speak out"), from e ("out") + loqui ("to speak"). (Wiktionary)