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noun tal·ent \ˈta-lənt\

Simple Definition of talent

  • : a special ability that allows someone to do something well

  • : a person or group of people with a special ability to do something well : a talented person or group

  • : people who are sexually attractive

Full Definition of talent

  1. 1a :  any of several ancient units of weightb :  a unit of value equal to the value of a talent of gold or silver

  2. 2 archaic :  a characteristic feature, aptitude, or disposition of a person or animal

  3. 3 :  the natural endowments of a person

  4. 4a :  a special often athletic, creative, or artistic aptitudeb :  general intelligence or mental power :  ability

  5. 5 :  a person of talent or a group of persons of talent in a field or activity

tal·ent·ed play \-lən-təd\ adjective
tal·ent·less play \-lənt-ləs\ adjective

Examples of talent

  1. a singer with an enormous amount of talent

  2. I have no musical talent.

  3. Her artistic talent has been obvious ever since she was a child.

  4. They sang a duet in the talent show .

  5. She has a job that makes the most of her talents.

  6. His experience, skills, and talents make him perfectly suited for the job.

  7. There are many good players on the team, but she's a special talent.

  8. The company has hired some expensive legal talent for the trial.

  9. The team has recruited some of the best talent around.

  10. The company is doing a talent search to find the right person for the job.

Origin of talent

Middle English, from Old English talente, from Latin talenta, plural of talentum unit of weight or money, from Greek talanton pan of a scale, weight; akin to Greek tlēnai to bear; in senses 2–5, from the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14–30 — more at tolerate

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of talent

gift, faculty, aptitude, bent, talent, genius, knack mean a special ability for doing something. gift often implies special favor by God or nature <the gift of singing beautifully>. faculty applies to an innate or less often acquired ability for a particular accomplishment or function <a faculty for remembering names>. aptitude implies a natural liking for some activity and the likelihood of success in it <a mechanical aptitude>. bent is nearly equal to aptitude but it stresses inclination perhaps more than specific ability <a family with an artistic bent>. talent suggests a marked natural ability that needs to be developed <has enough talent to succeed>. genius suggests impressive inborn creative ability <has no great genius for poetry>. knack implies a comparatively minor but special ability making for ease and dexterity in performance <the knack of getting along>.

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