- 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 of talentMiddle English from Old English talente from Classical Latin talentum, a coin, origin, originally , unit of weight from Classical 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)