talent

noun
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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This said, Michael Keane looks a real talent and will help protect Jordan Pickford behind him. SI.com, "Everton 2019/20 Season Preview: Strengths, Weaknesses, Key Man and Predictions," 7 Aug. 2019 Companies consider analytics, artificial intelligence, chatbots, and cognitive technologies as the top-three new-age technologies that can have greater impact on talent and workplace. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Indian firms place faith in automation to drive down HR costs," 7 Aug. 2019 Celebrating its 19th year, this annual gospel event showcases local talent and national headliners in the world of gospel music, right in Boston’s illustrious City Hall Plaza. BostonGlobe.com, "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 7 Aug. 2019 Starting left tackle Mekhi Becton is likely an NFL talent and the team has other capable guys across the line, but there’s not much behind them. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "5 things to watch as Scott Satterfield opens Louisville football's fall camp," 5 Aug. 2019 The Texans didn’t question Foreman’s talent and skills as a big, mobile, soft-handed back capable of breakaway runs. Aaron Wilson, ExpressNews.com, "Texans sour on D’Onta Foreman, give RB his release," 4 Aug. 2019 Born Amanda Lee Williford in Ruskin, Florida, her music talents appeared at an early age. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Willa Ford: From 'I Wanna Be Bad' to Scott Disick's Interior Designer," 2 Aug. 2019 Along the way, Thompson forged friendships online and impressed many with her programming talent. Author: Gene Johnson, Frank Bajak, Anchorage Daily News, "Accused Capital One hacker barely bothered to hide," 1 Aug. 2019 Even in relatively simple domestic cases, under-resourced law enforcement agencies lack the talent and tools, and often the authority, to gather the evidence to effectively prosecute cybercrime. Will Carter For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Companies get off too easy with data breaches. Bigger fines are a good place to start," 31 July 2019

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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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More Definitions for talent

talent

noun

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

talent

noun
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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