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

Other Words from talent

talented \ ˈta-​lən-​təd How to pronounce talent (audio) \ adjective
talentless \ ˈta-​lənt-​ləs How to pronounce talent (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The exhibition is part of a larger year-long program that aims to nurture Saudi talent, providing mentoring from global industry leaders as well as workshops on topics from design and innovation to building a sustainable business. Harper's BAZAAR, 30 July 2022 Producer Hiram Garcia recalls watching talent record their parts over Zoom, after being sent recording equipment to operate themselves. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 July 2022 The sportsbooks base their predictions on a team’s ceiling or overall talent. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 30 July 2022 Godlewski poured her time, talent and wealth into the race, putting nearly $4.1 million of her own money into the campaign. Bill Glauber, Journal Sentinel, 29 July 2022 But is this outburst of global recognition for some of TV’s finest talent by a U.S. awards body likely to be permanent? Steve Clarke, Variety, 29 July 2022 Village President Alice Gallagher was pleased that the department chose local talent to fill the position, noting how Niezgoda started her law enforcement journey with the Explorers. Hank Beckman, Chicago Tribune, 29 July 2022 Debuted at the home of Louis Vuitton in Asniéres, this showcase invites a range of talent and friends of the house, including Supreme, Peter Marino, and Alex Israel, to make their mark on the emblematic trunk. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, 29 July 2022 This actually isn’t the first time Noah has displayed early signs of inheriting Bublé’s musical talent. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 29 July 2022 See More

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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 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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