Definition of talent
1a : any of several ancient units of weightb : a unit of value equal to the value of a talent of gold or silver
2 archaic : a characteristic feature, aptitude, or disposition of a person or animal
3 : the natural endowments of a person
4a : a special often athletic, creative, or artistic aptitudeb : general intelligence or mental power : ability
5 : a person of talent or a group of persons of talent in a field or activity
talentedplay \-lən-təd\ adjective
talentlessplay \-lənt-ləs\ adjective
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.
Origin and Etymology of 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 2–5, from the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14–30 — more at tolerate
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of talent
TALENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of talent for English Language Learners
: 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
TALENT Defined for Kids
Definition of talent for Students
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
History for talent
Talent was the name of a unit of weight and money in the ancient world. The Christian Bible has a story about a man who gave three servants talents to keep for him while he was away. The first two servants invested their money and doubled it. The third hid the talent he had been given in the ground. When the master returned, he praised the first two servants. But he scolded the third, who could give back only what he had been given. The meaning of the story is that people should make good use of their natural gifts. From this story came a new meaning of talent: “special gift.”
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