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What does talent mean?
Talent is an exceptional natural ability, especially in a particular activity, such as music.
Talent is often thought of as the kind of ability that comes without training—something that you’re born with. It is often contrasted with skill, which is an ability acquired and developed through practice. It can also be used to refer to people who are talented (which is the adjective form of talent).
Example: She was a prodigy whose musical talent was obvious from a young age—she started playing the piano at the age of 2.
Where does talent come from?
Talent goes back to at least the 900s. It derives from the Greek tálanton, which referred to a unit of money or weight. At some point in its history, the meaning of talent evolved from “money” to “ability.” This change is thought to have been strongly influenced by a passage from the New Testament of the Bible often called the “Parable of the Talents.” In this story from the Gospel of Matthew, a rich guy entrusts his servants with his talents (money) while he’s away. Two of the servants invest the money and make him a profit, but a third servant just buries it and returns it when the boss gets back. The talents in the story are widely interpreted as representing natural abilities, with the moral being that you should use your abilities for good instead of hiding them.
Relatedly, talent is often described as God-given, which is another way of saying that talent is something that someone’s born with. A lot of people see this as being different from skill, which you have to work for. For example, a person might be said to have musical talent because they find it easy to learn the skill of playing an instrument. However, the two words are often used in much the same way, especially since any talent can be improved through practice.
Talent is often used in phrases that specify the type of talent, as in athletic talent, musical talent, and a talent for cooking. Talent can be used with an article (a, an, or the), as in a talent for fixing things, or without one, as in You’ve got talent.
Talent is also used to refer to a talented person, as in He’s a major talent in the field, or to refer to a group of talented people collectively, as in This event features international talent. More specifically, it can refer to actors or the people who appear on screen in some kind of production, as in We can’t start filming until the talent arrives.
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What are some other forms related to talent?
- talented (adjective)
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How is talent used in real life?
Talent is often used in discussion of abilities that people consider to occur naturally in a person. For this reason, talent is often contrasted with skill.
Watching the National Youth Orchestra of the USA on BBC proms. Amazing musical talent at such a young age. Inspiring!
— Tom Read (@tom_read) July 26, 2013
hey artists: use your talent for good. draw stuff for yourself. appreciate this gift you have and don't stop doing what you do
— ✨ vintage ✨ (@vintagecoyote) May 18, 2017
Kenny Atkinson was an absolute delight for us to deal with. Always kind and engaging. Such an easy guy to root for. What he did to help transform the culture in Brooklyn & develop young talent will benefit the organization for a very very long time.
— Ryan Ruocco (@RyanRuocco) March 7, 2020
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True or false?
Talent and skill are opposites and they are never used in the same way.
Example sentences 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|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
That meant the talent that DJ Brinsely hired that night performed for a skeleton audience.
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|DAILY BEAST
Good, caring teachers recognized his talent and challenged him to work hard to compete at the highest levels.
Economic development, then, is not simply about adding a cornucopia of talent or cool, then shaking and stirring it like a drink.
It really is lucky you had to turn governess, Ailie, or there would have been a talent thrown away.The Clever Woman of the Family|Charlotte M. Yonge
Thy aim was lettuces; they are worth an obol, they are not worth a talent.The Teaching of Epictetus|Epictetus
His purest source of pleasure was in the talent of others, which gave him a generous and sympathetic enjoyment.
It's really wicked of you to go and bury a talent like that.The Swindler and Other Stories|Ethel M. Dell
People now know that I exist, and that I have a purpose, and any talent that I display, they are ready to approve and to accept.Letters of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy from Italy and Switzerland|Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy