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definition of the word talent

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< Middle English talent < Old French talent (a talent, also will, inclination, desire) < Latin talentum (a Grecian weight; a talent of money) < Ancient Greek τάλαντον (talanton), balance, a particular weight, esp. of gold, sum of money, a talent). The figurative meanings 2. and 3. come from Matt. XXV 14-30.



talent (plural talents)

  1. a unit of weight and money used in ancient times in Greece, the Roman Empire, and the Middle East.
  2. a marked ability or skill.
    He has the talent of touching his nose with his tongue.
  3. the potential or factual ability to perform a skill better than most people.
    She has a talent to sing.
    Also used jocularly, as: He has a talent for getting into trouble.
  4. (slang) attractive man or woman.

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