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 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

The Browns still have plenty of young talent and are still growing as a team. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Odell Beckham Jr. has big game as Cleveland Browns topple undermanned New York Jets," 16 Sep. 2019 Cousin consists of Johnson, Rob Milton and Bri Hightower—a trio of talent seamlessly blending R&B, soul and gospel music. Sydney Scott, Essence, "From FKA Twigs To Lucky Daye: Here's Our Favorite New Music Of The Week," 14 Sep. 2019 What cost Colorado against Air Force was not so much an emotional letdown as a lack of talent. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: CU Buffs’ bad home loss to Air Force reminds us Pac-12 football is bad football," 14 Sep. 2019 Think of it as a steady source of talent in its own right, in the form of students, faculty, and guests in orchestral, chamber, and vocal groups active all over town. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Don’t be bored! Cleveland teems with vocal, chamber, and orchestral music in 2019-20," 13 Sep. 2019 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is delivering a special off-hours episode following a massive NFL match-up on Sunday night (Sept. 8), and the show has assembled a heavy-hitting -- and loud -- team of talent for the occasion. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Post Malone, Kelly Clarkson & Kane Brown to Appear on Post-Sunday Night Football 'Tonight Show' Broadcast," 8 Sep. 2019 And the school that's produced outstanding quarterbacks like Drew Brees and Sam Ehlinger seems to have a wealth of talent at that position again. William Hatfield, Houston Chronicle, "Westlake uses 3 QBs to take down Cy Ranch," 6 Sep. 2019 Each designer added to the board brings an exciting perspective and plenty of talent. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "The CFDA Has Announced a "More Diverse" Board, Adding Virgil Abloh, Kerby Jean-Raymond, and More," 4 Sep. 2019 But Osaka’s ensuing loss in the fourth round to 22-year-old Belinda Bencic proved that even would-be juggernauts can’t always distinguish themselves given the depth of talent currently present in the women’s game. Kevin Craft, The Atlantic, "The Thrilling Unpredictability of Women’s Tennis," 3 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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More Definitions for talent

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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