tal·​ent | \ ˈta-lənt How to pronounce talent (audio) \

Definition of talent

1a : a special often athletic, creative, or artistic aptitude
b : general intelligence or mental power : ability
2 : the natural endowments of a person
3 : a person of talent or a group of persons of talent in a field or activity
4a : any of several ancient units of weight
b : a unit of value equal to the value of a talent of gold or silver
5 archaic : a characteristic feature, aptitude, or disposition of a person or animal

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Other Words from talent

talented \ ˈta-​lən-​təd How to pronounce talented (audio) \ adjective
talentless \ ˈta-​lənt-​ləs How to pronounce talentless (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of talent in a Sentence

a singer with an enormous amount of talent I have no musical talent. Her artistic talent has been obvious ever since she was a child. They sang a duet in the talent show . She has a job that makes the most of her talents. His experience, skills, and talents make him perfectly suited for the job. There are many good players on the team, but she's a special talent. The company has hired some expensive legal talent for the trial. The team has recruited some of the best talent around. The company is doing a talent search to find the right person for the job.
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Recent Examples on the Web Kline summed up why all of the talent involved participated in the documentary and gathered for this roundtable. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "College reunion! Watch Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Anthony Mackie, and more reminisce," 13 July 2020 The assemblage of talent deployed late Saturday and Sunday morning, perhaps, needed more time to gel, too. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "FC Cincinnati takeaways: Jaap Stam humbled in his debut," 12 July 2020 But there has always been a great depth of talent at Cesar Chavez. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Cesar Chavez recommending Joe Esposito to replace Gary Lee as boys basketball coach," 9 July 2020 The goal is to lay the groundwork for professional opportunities earlier by targeting Black high-school and college students who aspire to work in fashion, and build a deep bench of talent to help ensure more-diverse workplaces. ... Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Fashion Designer Invests in Black Talent With Scholarship Fund, Mentoring," 9 July 2020 Spreading leadership around helps to protect any one person from becoming a target for retaliation while advancing a stream of talent to rise as individual energy wanes. Sarah Silkey, The Conversation, "There are many leaders of today’s protest movement – just like the civil rights movement," 7 July 2020 The Fuel’s talent was plenty to overcome some of the spicy situations. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "How the Dallas Fuel can avoid being ‘the greatest tournament warm-up team’," 6 July 2020 Across the nation, many teams haven’t had to weather an exodus of talent. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "How the transfer portal lost its vice grip on college football," 5 July 2020 Hunt is playing under the second-round tender this season and could re-establish himself as a player who can still offer an offense an elite level of talent. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Which looming contract decisions should we watch? Cleveland Browns 20 questions for ‘20," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of talent

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

History and Etymology for 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 3–5, from the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14–30 — more at tolerate

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“Talent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talent. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce talent (audio)

English Language Learners 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
British slang : people who are sexually attractive


tal·​ent | \ ˈta-lənt How to pronounce talent (audio) \

Kids Definition of talent

1 : unusual natural ability … Toby had a special talent for getting people off the hook by making the teacher laugh.— Zilpha Keatley Snyder, The Egypt Game
2 : a special often creative or artistic ability
3 : a person or group of people having special ability

Other Words from talent

talented \ ˈta-​lən-​təd \ adjective

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