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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web If the 2021 Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State baseball team is any indication, at least two teams in the Southeastern Conference could be loaded with Alabama talent for years to come. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 13 June 2021 Hopkins’s fiery competitiveness, along with the talent of senior 170-pounder Nick Sirota have put Swampscott/Marblehead in the driver’s seat in the Northeastern Conference with one week remaining in the regular season. BostonGlobe.com, 12 June 2021 These are the kinds of compelling songs that come with rich talent and experience. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 June 2021 Her lowly standing meant that Krejcikova’s path to the final was littered with talent. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 12 June 2021 The studio had finally forged a partnership with high-profile Hollywood talent -- producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. oregonlive, 11 June 2021 That’s a philosophy Wisconsin has practiced — though with significantly less talent available — since 2017. Stephen Means, cleveland, 11 June 2021 The next decade will also see Da Nang flooded with tech talent. Robert H. Brown, Forbes, 8 June 2021 So yes, Lamb, with the talent and the possibility of playing more on the outside can, well get more people to eat some popcorn. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 7 June 2021

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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 17 Jun. 2021.

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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
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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