- Talent is natural skill or ability or a person who has a natural skill or ability in something.
- An example of talent is the ability to sing well.
- An example of talent is the movie stars used in a film.
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- any of various large units of weight or of money (the value of a talent weight in gold, silver, etc.) used in ancient Greece, Rome, the Middle East, etc.
- any natural ability or power; natural endowment
- a superior, apparently natural ability in the arts or sciences or in the learning or doing of anything
- people collectively, or a person, with talent: to encourage young talent
Origin: Middle English from Old English talente from Classical Latin talentum, a coin, origin, originally , unit of weight from Glassical Greek talanton, a unit of money, weight, origin, originally , a balance from Indo-European base an unverified form tel-, to lift up, weigh, bear from source tolerate: senses 2-4 from the parable of the talents (Matt: 25:14-30)
- talented adjective
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- A marked innate ability, as for artistic accomplishment. See Synonyms at ability.
- a. Natural endowment or ability of a superior quality.b. A person or group of people having such ability: The company makes good use of its talent.
- A variable unit of weight and money used in ancient Greece, Rome, and the Middle East.
Origin: Middle English, inclination, disposition, from Old French, from Medieval Latin, from Latin, balance, sum of money, from Greek talanton; see telə- in Indo-European roots. Sense 3, Middle English, from Old English talente, from Latin talenta, pl. of talentum, from Greek talanton.
- talˈent·ed adjective
- talˈent·less adjective
- talˈent·less·ness noun