- The definition of a skill is a talent or ability that comes from training or practice.
- An example of skill is the capability to produce fine works of art.
- An example of skill is basket weaving.
skill definition by Webster's New World
- great ability or proficiency; expertness that comes from training, practice, etc.
- an art, craft, or science, esp. one involving the use of the hands or body
- ability in such an art, craft, or science
- Obsolete knowledge, understanding, or judgment
Origin: Middle English discernment, reason ; from Old Norse skil, distinction, akin to skilja, to cut apart, separate ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kel-, to cut (from source shield, shell): basic sense “ability to separate,” hence “discernment”
skill definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Proficiency, facility, or dexterity that is acquired or developed through training or experience. See Synonyms at ability.
- a. An art, trade, or technique, particularly one requiring use of the hands or body.b. A developed talent or ability: writing skills.
- Obsolete A reason; a cause.
Origin: Middle English skil, from Old Norse, discernment; see skel-1 in Indo-European roots.