1) ADJ-GRADED Speech or writing that is eloquent is well expressed and effective in persuading people.

I heard him make a very eloquent speech at that dinner.

Derived words:
eloquence N-UNCOUNT

...the eloquence of his prose.

eloquently ADV-GRADED

Jan speaks eloquently about her art.

2) ADJ-GRADED (approval) A person who is eloquent is good at speaking and able to persuade people.

He was eloquent about his love of books.

...one particularly eloquent German critic.

Derived words:
eloquence N-UNCOUNT

I wish I'd had the eloquence of Helmut Schmidt.

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  • Eloquent — El o*quent, a. [F. [ e]loquent, L. eloquens, entis, p. pr. of eloqui to speak out, declaim; e + loqui to speak. See {Loquacious}.] 1. Having the power of expressing strong emotions or forcible arguments in an elevated, impassioned, and effective… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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