tal·ent | \ ˈta-lənt \

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 \ adjective
talentless \ˈta-lənt-ləs \ adjective

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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 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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Tighter immigration policies are becoming a new hurdle in the global race for talent. Ilene Bassler, Houston Chronicle, "Q&A: Strict immigration policies ripple through talent pool," 12 July 2018 So isn’t Henry, then, just the passage of time, the arrival of options that can finally intersect with the talent? Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "‘Wild With Love’: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah on the Portraits of Henry Taylor," 12 July 2018 Major employers looking to attract young talent have followed suit by setting up offices there. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Why aren’t millennials buying houses?," 11 July 2018 In the past two years, Rogers & Cowan have signed talent such as Katy Perry, Olympic Gold-medalist Chloe Kim, Riz Ahmed and Iggy Azalea, and new brands including Verizon, Hasbro and Heineken. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Rogers & Cowan Hire Chris Monaco as Managing Director International," 10 July 2018 With unemployment at historic lows and a series of high-profile lawsuits emerging, more companies are paying workers to ensure top talent for entry-level positions (and to prevent themselves from being sued). Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "7 People on the Most Insane Things They Did As Unpaid Interns," 6 July 2018 With world class talent such as Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Hugo Lloris on the books, Spurs have become a club with real pulling power. SI.com, "Tottenham Preparing £27m Bid for Benfica Starlet Alex Grimaldo as Rose Future Remains Unclear," 2 July 2018 The two bring backgrounds in fashion—Anna in childrenswear and knitwear after a stint studying pre-med and Valerie in lingerie with an innate talent for illustration and painter. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "4 Chic Fashion Brands Doing Things Right, Right Now," 2 July 2018 The Kings are not expected to be major players in the market for talent when NBA free agency begins at 9:01 p.m. PDT Saturday. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Pass on Jabari Parker, think ahead: How the Kings can avoid messing it up for 2019," 30 June 2018

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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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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

: people who are sexually attractive


tal·ent | \ ˈta-lənt \

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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