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Line breaks: tal¦ent
Pronunciation: /ˈtalənt

Definition of talent in English:


1 [mass noun] Natural aptitude or skill: he possesses more talent than any other player [count noun]: she displayed a talent for garden design
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  • A talent for design and beauty makes visual art or architecture a good choice of profession.
  • By dint of hard work and determination Piper used his natural artistic talent and practical skills to great effect.
  • Madison is a refreshing mature artist with natural talent and strong views about all aspects of her music and career.
1.1People possessing natural aptitude or skill: I signed all the talent in Rome [count noun]: Simon is a talent to watch
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  • He had come all the way from a small village to watch the best of talent gathered from all over the country.
  • On the field he reads the game very well and possesses immense talent.
  • The news is sure to please the Gigg Lane faithful, who relish watching home-grown talent.
1.2British informal People regarded as sexually attractive or as prospective sexual partners: most Saturday nights I have this urge to go on the hunt for new talent
2A former weight and unit of currency, used especially by the ancient Romans and Greeks: a mighty steed bought from a Thessalian merchant for thirteen talents
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  • So set my ransom as you wish, tribune -- calculated in talents not sesterces.
  • Each amount mentioned is a combination of an amount in gold - a fraction of a gram in each case — and an amount in talents.


Old English talente, talentan (as a unit of weight), from Latin talenta, plural of talentum 'weight, sum of money', from Greek talanton. sense 1 is a figurative use with biblical allusion to the parable of the talents (Matt. 25:14–30).



Example sentences
  • Now imagine that years later this master craftsman finds a talentless amateur has stolen his name, and is putting it on his own slapdash works to increase their values.
  • What entertaining mincemeat you would make of our vacuous celebrity culture, which lauds talentless nonentities on the basis of youth, looks, greed or the unslakeable thirst for publicity!
  • Let's talk, instead, about the reasons why we find many talentless performances by our favorite musicians compelling: the delivery.

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