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ˈtæl ənttal·ent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. endowment, gift, talent, natural endowment(noun)

    natural abilities or qualities

  2. talent(noun)

    a person who possesses unusual innate ability in some field or activity

Wiktionary

  1. talent(Noun)

    A unit of weight and money used in ancient times in Greece, the Roman Empire, and the Middle East.

    Etymology: talente, from plural of talentum, from τάλαντον. Later senses reinforced by Old French talent.

  2. talent(Noun)

    A desire or inclination for something.

    Etymology: talente, from plural of talentum, from τάλαντον. Later senses reinforced by Old French talent.

  3. talent(Noun)

    After Matthew 25, above: A marked natural ability or skill.

    He has the talent of touching his nose with his tongue.

    Etymology: talente, from plural of talentum, from τάλαντον. Later senses reinforced by Old French talent.

  4. talent(Noun)

    People of talent, viewed collectively; a talented person.

    The director searched their talent pool to fill the new opening.

    Etymology: talente, from plural of talentum, from τάλαντον. Later senses reinforced by Old French talent.

  5. talent(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: talente, from plural of talentum, from τάλαντον. Later senses reinforced by Old French talent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Talent(verb)

    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.

  2. Talent(verb)

    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.

  3. Talent(verb)

    inclination; will; disposition; desire

  4. Talent(verb)

    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)

Freebase

  1. Talent

    The talent was one of several ancient units of mass, as well as corresponding units of value equivalent to these masses of a precious metal. It was approximately the mass of water required to fill an amphora. A Greek, or Attic talent, was 26 kilograms, a Roman talent was 32.3 kilograms, an Egyptian talent was 27 kilograms, and a Babylonian talent was 30.3 kilograms. Ancient Israel, and other Levantine countries, adopted the Babylonian talent, but later revised the mass. The heavy common talent, used in New Testament times, was 58.9 kilograms. The talent of gold was known to Homer, who described how Achilles gave a half-talent of gold to Antilochus as a prize. An Attic talent of silver was the value of nine man-years of skilled work. During the Peloponnesian War, an Attic talent was the amount of silver that would pay a month's wages of a trireme crew of 200 men. Hellenistic mercenaries were commonly paid one drachma per day of military service. There were 6,000 drachmae in an Attic talent. The Babylonians, Sumerians, and Hebrews divided a talent into 60 mina, each of which was subdivided into 60 shekels. The Greek also used the ratio of 60 mina to one talent. A Greek mina was approximately 434 ± 3 grams. A Roman talent was 100 libra. A libra is exactly three quarters of a Greek mina, so a Roman talent is 1.25 Greek talents. An Egyptian talent was 80 libra.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Talent

    tal′ent, n. an ancient weight or denomination of money—in the Attic system of money (N.T.), 100 drachmæ made a mnâ (pound, Luke xix. 13), and 6000 made a talent; this talent weighed 57 lb. avoirdupois, and in value may be put roughly at about £213-£235, the mnâ at about £4: faculty: any natural or special gift: special aptitude: eminent ability: abundance.—adjs. Tal′ented, possessing mental gifts; Tal′entless, without talent. [L. talentum—Gr. talanton, a weight, a talent, from a root meaning to lift, as in tlēnai, to bear; akin to L. tollĕre, Ger. dulden, Scot. thole.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Talent

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. talent

    The natural ability, quality or skill of a person.

    Their talent as a collective was amazing.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'talent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4276

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'talent' in Nouns Frequency: #1397

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of talent in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of talent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of talent in a Sentence

  1. André Maurois:

    The need to express oneself in writing springs from a mal-adjustment to life, or from an inner conflict which the adolescent (or the grown man) cannot resolve in action. Those to whom action comes as easily as breathing rarely feel the need to break loose from the real, to rise above, and describe it... I do not mean that it is enough to be maladjusted to become a great writer, but writing is, for some, a method of resolving a conflict, provided they have the necessary talent.

  2. Oscar Auliq-Ice:

    The best clay to shape your life is your character not the the talent.

  3. Frank A. Clark:

    We're all generous, but with different things, like time, money, talent -- criticism.

  4. Weinbaum:

    If you can't excel with talent, triumph with effort.

  5. Judge Howie Mandel:

    You have the whole package, not only do you have swag, you have talent. You are a beautiful young lady.You have style.You are going places.

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