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 The emergence of the Bullet position also collected the remaining talent to the two inside spots. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Henry To’o To’o, Tennessee transfer linebacker, chooses Alabama over Ohio State football," 8 May 2021 The talent's there and on top of that he's just matured as a young man. Graham Thomas, Arkansas Online, "Cortez making a name for himself," 7 May 2021 These challenges are particularly pronounced in STEM fields where international talent is often the difference between being globally competitive or not. Adi Gaskell, Forbes, "The Need To Streamline Immigration For STEM Students," 6 May 2021 The series may be about former MTV staples aching for a comeback, but the on-screen talent are all established stars. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "The new sitcom 'Girls5Eva,' a parody of girl groups, is what you really, really want," 6 May 2021 Young talent was the secret to the Aggies’ success last season, as a plethora of sophomores highlighted both sides of the ball. Hannah Underwood, Dallas News, "5 reasons to be optimistic about Texas A&M football in 2021, including returning key playmakers," 5 May 2021 Weis disputed the idea that Jones was just a product of the talent around him. BostonGlobe.com, "Was Mac Jones that great at Alabama, or just a product of the talent around him?," 5 May 2021 The talent gets 80 percent of the revenue from the session and Bright takes the remaining 20 percent. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, "You Can Learn How to Perform Directly From Madonna, Now," 4 May 2021 Eric Stokes was one of our favorite players of the draft; a corner with long arms who has extensive experience against all the SEC talent at wideout that populated the early portion of the first round. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Packers draft grades around the internet feature a couple A's and a couple F's," 3 May 2021

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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“Talent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talent. Accessed 15 May. 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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