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1 natural qualities or talents [syn: endowment, gift, natural endowment]
2 a person who possesses unusual innate ability in some field or activity

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Latin talentum, "sum of money", Greek τάλαντος, "balance", "weight", "sum". The figurative meanings 2. and 3. come from Matt. XXV 14-30.


  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. attractive man or woman.


unit of weight and money
marked ability or skill
potential or factual ability to perform a skill better than most people



  1. talent (unit of weight)
  2. talent (actual or potential ability)








  1. talent, gift


Extensive Definition

Talent may refer to:
  • Talent, a personal gift/skill
  • A show-business personality or group of them
  • Tarento, the Japanese pronunciation of the word; a variety entertainment personality in Japan
  • Talent agent, a person who finds jobs for actors, musicians, models, and other people in various entertainment businesses
  • Talent manager (or personal manager), one who guides the career of artists in the entertainment business
  • Talent scout, responsible for finding and developing talent
  • Talent show, a live performance spectacle (sometimes on TV) where contestants perform acting, singing, dancing, acrobatics and other art forms
  • Talent Zoo (or, a recruitment company and job search engine specializing in the communications industry, including the advertising, marketing, public relations, broadcasting, and publishing sectors
  • Fresh Talents Music Project, a new education project based in Rijeka, Croatia
  • Talent (train), a model of train manufactured by Bombardier
  • Talent (unit), an ancient unit of weight and currency


Talent in Business



talent in Czech: Talent
talent in German: Talent
talent in French: Talent
talent in Korean: 탤런트
talent in Italian: Talento
talent in Dutch: Talent
talent in Polish: Talent
talent in Russian: Талант (значения)
talent in Slovak: Talent

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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