talent

[ tal-uhnt ]
/ ˈtæl ənt /

noun


Nearby words

  1. tale,
  2. tale of genji, the,
  3. tale of two cities, a,
  4. taleb,
  5. talebearer,
  6. talent scout,
  7. talent show,
  8. talented,
  9. taler,
  10. tales

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 Formstalented, 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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Word Origin and History for talent

talent

n.

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.

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