- the practice or art of using language with fluency and aptness.
- eloquent language or discourse: a flow of eloquence.
- ease in using language to best effect
- powerful and effective language
- the quality of being persuasive or moving
late 14c., from Old French eloquence (12c.), from Latin eloquentia, from eloquentem (nominative eloquens) “eloquent,” present participle of eloqui “speak out,” from ex- “out” (see ex-) + loqui “to speak” (see locution). Earlier in same sense was eloquency (mid-14c.).