talent

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web

Over the years, Patrick served on several non-profit boards, and gave of his time and talents to many charities and community groups. courant.com, "Patrick Francis Carney," 11 July 2018 Reuters reports that this conflict was the reason Saint John recently left her role as chief brand officer at Uber to take a job as chief marketing officer of the talent agency Endeavor. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "The Rise And Fall of Uber HR Chief Liane Hornsey," 11 July 2018 There is enough talent to remain near the top of the America East Conference. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "For UMBC men's basketball, March Madness still lingers at summer camps," 10 July 2018 But there’s a surfeit of talent at the door that wants to work here. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Here’s what HBO’s new boss really said about the company’s plans under AT&T," 10 July 2018 The Kings have the longest playoff drought in the NBA at 12 seasons and bad teams must add talent, regardless of position. Jason Jones, sacbee, "How Zach LaVine's signing would affect Kings, from roster competition to trades," 6 July 2018 The upshot is there will be more measuring-stick talent on hand than ever. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "What to watch for as Spurs summer leaguers hit Las Vegas," 6 July 2018 However, one person seems to have had enough, his talent agent Ken Kaplan. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s mockery of the #MeToo movement underscores the GOP’s problem with women in 2018," 6 July 2018 Kevin Durant is a wondrous talent, but when the Warriors added this 7-foot star, who can do a 360-degree spin and drain 25-foot jumpers without a second thought, the team began to feel like a platter overladen with rich cakes. Michael Powell, New York Times, "The East Has Fallen Off the Map," 3 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'talent.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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The first known use of talent was before the 12th century

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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

: people who are sexually attractive

talent

noun
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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