knack

noun
\ ˈnak How to pronounce knack (audio) \

Definition of knack

1 : a special ready capacity that is hard to analyze or teach
2a : a clever trick or stratagem
b : a clever way of doing something
3 archaic : an ingenious device broadly : toy, knickknack

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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

Examples of knack in a Sentence

She has a knack for telling interesting stories. The jazz musician has an incredible knack for improvisation.

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Bündchen has a knack for using her anniversary to slowly roll out photos of the couple's private wedding, using last year's ninth anniversary to release the first full photo of her traditional wedding gown. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gisele Bündchen Just Released a Never-Before-Seen Photo From Her Wedding Day," 26 Feb. 2019 The creative director has a knack for making opposites attract, and this season the brand’s sweet and light chiffon dresses were toughened up with basketball-style shorts in hefty checks and plaid. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 10 Shows of New York Fashion Week Fall 2019," 14 Feb. 2019 Joe Dunand has shown a knack for hitting home runs much like his uncle at every level so far. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Being related to a baseball icon is something this Marlins prospect handles like a pro," 9 July 2018 Armed with her trusty briefcase of paint swatches and a knack for finding thrift-store gems, Brown created rooms that prove just how livable even the boldest color combinations can be. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Katie Brown's Connecticut House Has All the Color Inspiration You Need," 2 Feb. 2019 If eclectic stylings are your vibe, try the glittery knick knacks available on the site. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Christmas Tree Shops Just Released Its Holiday Decor and We Want Everything," 13 Oct. 2018 Beyonce’s little sister has a knack for enterprise through her Saint Heron collective. Ben Meyerson, RedEye Chicago, "Lin-Manuel's movie, Starbucks prices go up and more conversation starters for your weekend," 15 June 2018 Producer Marshmello has a knack for finding the most melodic edge of electronic dance music, and pop singer Anne-Marie injects the song with refreshing confidence. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Here Are Our Predictions for the 2018 Song of Summer," 13 June 2018 For a guy who's 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds, Harrison has a remarkable knack for hiding. Bill Landis, cleveland.com, "How Zach Harrison's unique recruitment forced programs like Ohio State to change the way they chase five-stars," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of knack

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for knack

Middle English knak

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knack

noun

English Language Learners Definition of knack

: an ability, talent, or special skill needed to do something

knack

noun
\ ˈnak How to pronounce knack (audio) \

Kids Definition of knack

1 : a natural ability : talent She has a knack for making friends.
2 : a clever or skillful way of doing something : trick Skating is easy once you get the knack.

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