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

Dating back to the first battles of Magic and Bird, the Finals has served as the premier stage for basketball talent over the past four decades. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Ranking the Best NBA Finals of the Past Decade," 16 Sep. 2019 Paintball is like other sports, in that there are scouts looking for talent and combines at the end of the season. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "Paintball fever arrives with NXL Chicago Open: 'Think capture the flag meets chess meets action sport’," 13 Sep. 2019 Her talents were put to use last Tuesday when Evans-Bye spent most of the day aboard a sheriff’s boat operating a 25-pound, $100,000 VideoRay Pro 4 ROV utilized in her geographic information science and mapping classes at Clark Magnet. Andrew J. Campa, Glendale News-Press, "Clark Magnet teacher, sheriff’s volunteer aids in Conception tragedy recovery efforts," 13 Sep. 2019 But what’s important is that one of our unsung singer-songwriters finally has an album worthy of his considerable talents. Paul Liberatore, The Mercury News, "Hit songwriter for Huey Lewis finally has an album of his own, after 40 years," 13 Sep. 2019 The signing highlights the increasingly fierce competition for talent among Hollywood’s biggest media companies, including newer players like Netflix and Amazon.com Inc. Fortune, "J.J. Abrams and WarnerMedia Team Up for Massive Deal Through 2024," 12 Sep. 2019 The former NFL Network draft guru has an eye for talent, but will his straight-shooting persona meld with younger players? Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "2019 NFL season: 100 names to know as Week 1 kicks off," 8 Sep. 2019 The future of Zambia — and all of Africa — depends on allowing its human talent to reach its full potential. John Fund, National Review, "We Can’t Afford to Forget Africa," 8 Sep. 2019 Following the panel there was a reception, where the panelists and audience were able to discuss how to continue to chart a way forward for black Muslim talent in Hollywood. Alex Cramer, The Hollywood Reporter, "Directors Talk Problems and Progress at "Black Muslim Narratives" Event," 6 Sep. 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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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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