- a special natural ability or aptitude: a talent for drawing.
- a capacity for achievement or success; ability: young men of talent.
- a talented person: The cast includes many of the theater's major talents.
- a group of persons with special ability: an exhibition of watercolors by the local talent.
- Movies and Television. professional actors collectively, especially star performers.
- a power of mind or body considered as given to a person for use and improvement: so called from the parable in Matt. 25:14–30.
- any of various ancient units of weight, as a unit of Palestine and Syria equal to 3000 shekels, or a unit of Greece equal to 6000 drachmas.
- any of various ancient Hebrew or Attic monetary units equal in value to that of a talent weight of gold, silver, or other metal.
- Obsolete. inclination or disposition.
Origin of talent
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Examples from the Web for talent
There was so much beauty, talent, potential, and most importantly, honesty in your work.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen
January 1, 2015
That meant the talent that DJ Brinsely hired that night performed for a skeleton audience.Alleged Cop Killer’s Blood-Soaked Screenplay
December 24, 2014
The influx of talent behind the tables and in the showrooms was undeniable.Will Hyman Roth Return to Havana With Normalized Relations?
John L. Smith
December 18, 2014
Good, caring teachers recognized his talent and challenged him to work hard to compete at the highest levels.Your Local School Doesn’t Have to Suck
Michael S. Roth
December 17, 2014
Economic development, then, is not simply about adding a cornucopia of talent or cool, then shaking and stirring it like a drink.The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead
Joel Kotkin, Richey Piiparinen
December 7, 2014
Papa used to think that she had no talent for anything but dancing.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
The heir-apparent, the late King, admired his talent and relished his society.In the Heart of Vosges
In one of his arts as in the other he decided that she had talent.The Incomplete Amorist
It was an admirable instrument, but it did not give him any talent.
In our performance it was Mounet-Sully, in all the splendour of his talent, who played Hernani.
- innate ability, aptitude, or faculty, esp when unspecified; above average abilitya talent for cooking; a child with talent
- a person or persons possessing such ability
- any of various ancient units of weight and money
- informal members of the opposite sex collectively, esp those living in a particular placethe local talent
- an obsolete word for inclination
Word Origin and History for talent
late 13c., "inclination, disposition, will, desire," from Old French talent, from Medieval Latin talenta, plural of talentum "inclination, leaning, will, desire" (1098), in classical Latin "balance, weight, sum of money," from Greek talanton "balance, weight, sum," from PIE *tel-, *tol- "to bear, carry" (see extol).
Originally an ancient unit of weight or money (varying greatly and attested in Old English as talente), the Medieval Latin and common Romanic sense developed from figurative use of the word in the sense of "money." Meaning "special natural ability, aptitude," developed mid-14c., from the parable of the talents in Matt. xxv:14-30. Related: Talented.