Definitions for TALENTˈtæl ənt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a special, often creative natural ability or aptitude:
a talent for drawing.
a person or persons with special ability, esp. in a particular field:
the theater's major talents; the local talent.
a power of mind or body considered as given to a person for use and improvement: so called from the parable in Matt. 25:14–30.
any of various ancient units of weight, as a unit of the Middle East equal to 3000 shekels, or of Greece equal to 6000 drachmas.
Category: Weights and Measures
any of various ancient monetary units equal to the value of a talent weight of gold or silver.
Obs. inclination or disposition.
* Syn: See ability.
Origin of talent:
bef. 900; ME, OE talente < L talenta, pl. of talentum < Gk tálanton balance, weight, monetary unit
endowment, gift, talent, natural endowment(noun)
natural abilities or qualities
a person who possesses unusual innate ability in some field or activity
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a natural skill or ability
his musical/artistic/athletic talents; She has a talent for making people feel welcome.
A unit of weight and money used in ancient times in Greece, the Roman Empire, and the Middle East.
A desire or inclination for something.
After Matthew 25, above: A marked natural ability or skill.
He has the talent of touching his nose with his tongue.
People of talent, viewed collectively; a talented person.
The director searched their talent pool to fill the new opening.
The men or (especially) women of a place or area, judged by their attractiveness.
Not much talent in this bar tonight u2013 let's hit the clubs.
Origin: talente, from plural of talentum, from τάλαντον. Later senses reinforced by Old French talent.
among the ancient Greeks, a weight and a denomination of money equal to 60 minae or 6,000 drachmae. The Attic talent, as a weight, was about 57 lbs. avoirdupois; as a denomination of silver money, its value was £243 15s. sterling, or about $1,180.
among the Hebrews, a weight and denomination of money. For silver it was equivalent to 3,000 shekels, and in weight was equal to about 93/ lbs. avoirdupois; as a denomination of silver, it has been variously estimated at from £340 to £396 sterling, or about $1,645 to $1,916. For gold it was equal to 10,000 gold shekels.
inclination; will; disposition; desire
intellectual ability, natural or acquired; mental endowment or capacity; skill in accomplishing; a special gift, particularly in business, art, or the like; faculty; a use of the word probably originating in the Scripture parable of the talents (Matt. xxv. 14-30)
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a weight, coin, or sum of money among the ancients, of variable value among different nations and at different periods; the Attic weight being equal to about 57 lbs. troy, and the money to £243, 15s.; among the Romans the great talent was worth £99, and the little worth £75.
Translations for TALENT
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a special ability or cleverness; a skill
a talent for drawing.
- talentoPortuguese (BR)
- das TalentGerman
- talent; evneDanish
- nadarenost, talentCroatian
- talentas, gabumaiLithuanian
- talants, dotumiLatvian
- talent, anleggNorwegian
- nadanie, talentSlovak
- talang, fallenhet, begåvningSwedish
- yetenek, kabiliyetTurkish
- 天賦，才能Chinese (Trad.)
- tài năngVietnamese
- 天资，才能Chinese (Simp.)
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