What does talent mean?

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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. Former England midfielder:

    I don't see why we would be negative enough to just start going, 'Oh, I hope we get to the quarter-finals', this is not getting ahead of myself, just look at the talent in our squad and in the team and the way they're playing, and why should we write ourselves off?

  2. Clarissa Shen:

    Employers are already recognising that they need to change because they realise they are all competing for the same talent, when you're talking about a shortfall of workers, companies feel that pain immediately.

  3. Antony Jenkins:

    If banks want to really compete for talent successfully, they are going to have to make themselves interesting places to work. It can't just be about the money, because frankly the money isn't going to be there the way it was before 2008.

  4. Warren Buffett:

    I personally think that society is responsible for a very significant percentage of what I've earned. If you stick me down in the middle of Bangladesh or Peru or someplace, you find out how much this talent is going to produce in the wrong kind of soil... I work in a market system that happens to reward what I do very well - disproportionately well. Mike Tyson, too. If you can knock a guy out in 10 seconds and earn $10 million for it, this world will pay a lot for that. If you can bat .360, this world will pay a lot for that. If you're a marvelous teacher, this world won't pay a lot for it. If you are a terrific nurse, this world will not pay a lot for it. Now, am I going to try to come up with some comparable worth system that somehow (re)distributes that? No, I don't think you can do that. But I do think that when you're treated enormously well by this market system, where in effect the market system showers the ability to buy goods and services on you because of some peculiar talent - maybe your adenoids are a certain way, so you can sing and everybody will pay you enormous sums to be on television or whatever -I think society has a big claim on that.

  5. John Wooden:

    Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

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