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 Finally getting some stuff mainstreamed that was heavily female and seeing how well it did made network executives want to green light that stuff, because the talent was always there, the voices were always there. ... Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, "Rachel Bloom is doing a stand-up tour as a ‘Crazy Ex’ decompression chamber," 16 Sep. 2019 There is top talent on the technical side in this France-Beligium-Rwanda co-production. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Our Lady of the Nile' ('Notre-Dame du Nil'): Film Review | TIFF 2019," 14 Sep. 2019 Poaching big-name talent is one way streaming companies are reinforcing their content strategy as new competition enters the market. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "J.J. Abrams strikes wide-ranging production deal with WarnerMedia," 12 Sep. 2019 More broadly, though, the Diamondbacks are trying to stockpile enough talent to someday unseat the Dodgers, who have taken the last seven N.L. West crowns with piles of cash, waves of prospects and seemingly endless roster depth. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Diamondbacks Thrive With ‘a Nothing-to-Lose Attitude’," 11 Sep. 2019 Fellow sophomores D’Shawn Jamison and Anthony Cook still need some refining, as does redshirt sophomore Kobe Boyce, but the raw talent within each is clear. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas-LSU a battle of DBUs," 5 Sep. 2019 The talent is there, but reps are needed to build cohesion, and the true freshmen will be eased into duty. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "MSU football mailbag: What to expect from offense? Dantonio on hot seat?," 30 Aug. 2019 The talent is still around the school but keeping players healthy will be Altenberg’s priority each week. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Jaylon Armstead brings instant scoring to Serra in season-opening victory," 30 Aug. 2019 Still, the talent is remarkable and the upside is hard to ignore. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Ranking NFL starting quarterbacks for 2019: Where does Kyler Murray belong among QBs?," 29 Aug. 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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How to pronounce talent (audio)

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


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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