noun tal·ent \ˈta-lənt\

: a special ability that allows someone to do something well

: a person or group of people with a special ability to do something well : a talented person or group

: people who are sexually attractive

Full Definition of TALENT

a :  any of several ancient units of weight
b :  a unit of value equal to the value of a talent of gold or silver
archaic :  a characteristic feature, aptitude, or disposition of a person or animal
:  the natural endowments of a person
a :  a special often athletic, creative, or artistic aptitude
b :  general intelligence or mental power :  ability
:  a person of talent or a group of persons of talent in a field or activity
tal·ent·ed \-lən-təd\ adjective
tal·ent·less \-lənt-ləs\ adjective

Origin of TALENT

Middle English, from Old English talente, from Latin talenta, plural of talentum unit of weight or money, from Greek talanton pan of a scale, weight; akin to Greek tlēnai to bear; in senses 2–5, from the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14–30 — more at tolerate
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of TALENT

gift, faculty, aptitude, bent, talent, genius, knack mean a special ability for doing something. gift often implies special favor by God or nature <the gift of singing beautifully>. faculty applies to an innate or less often acquired ability for a particular accomplishment or function <a faculty for remembering names>. aptitude implies a natural liking for some activity and the likelihood of success in it <a mechanical aptitude>. bent is nearly equal to aptitude but it stresses inclination perhaps more than specific ability <a family with an artistic bent>. talent suggests a marked natural ability that needs to be developed <has enough talent to succeed>. genius suggests impressive inborn creative ability <has no great genius for poetry>. knack implies a comparatively minor but special ability making for ease and dexterity in performance <the knack of getting along>.

Rhymes with TALENT

TALENTED Defined for Kids


noun tal·ent \ˈta-lənt\

Definition of TALENT for Kids

:  unusual natural ability <… Toby had a special talent for getting people off the hook by making the teacher laugh. — Zilpha Keatley Snyder, The Egypt Game>
:  a special often creative or artistic ability
:  a person or group of people having special ability
tal·ent·ed \ˈta-lən-təd\ adjective

Word History of TALENT

Talent was the name of a unit of weight and money in the ancient world. The Christian Bible has a story about a man who gave three servants talents to keep for him while he was away. The first two servants invested their money and doubled it. The third hid the talent he had been given in the ground. When the master returned, he praised the first two servants. But he scolded the third, who could give back only what he had been given. The meaning of the story is that people should make good use of their natural gifts. From this story came a new meaning of talent: special gift.


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