talent

[ tal-uhnt ]
/ ˈtæl ənt /

noun

Origin of talent

before 900; Middle English, Old English talente < Latin talenta, plural of talentum < Greek tálanton balance, weight, monetary unit

Synonym study

1. See ability.
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British Dictionary definitions for talent

talent

/ (ˈtælənt) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

talented, adjective

Word Origin for talent

Old English talente, from Latin talenta, pl of talentum sum of money, from Greek talanton unit of money or weight; in Medieval Latin the sense was extended to ability through the influence of the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14–30)
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