from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A marked innate ability, as for artistic accomplishment. See Synonyms at ability.
- n. Natural endowment or ability of a superior quality.
- n. A person or group of people having such ability: The company makes good use of its talent.
- n. A variable unit of weight and money used in ancient Greece, Rome, and the Middle East.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Among the ancient Greeks, a weight and a denomination of money equal to 60 minæ or 6,000 drachmæ. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. Inclination; will; disposition; desire.
- n. 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).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To ondow with talents.
- n. An ancient denomination of weight, originally Babylonian (though the name is Greek), and varying widely in value among different peoples and at different times.
- n. Money; wealth; property in general.
- n. Hence, a wealth; an abundance (as in the phrase ‘a wealth of golden hair’); or, perhaps, gold (i. e. ‘golden tresses’).
- n. A gift committed to one for use and improvement: so called in allusion to the parable of the talents (Mat. xxv.); hence, a peculiar faculty, endowment, or aptitude; a capacity for achievement or success.
- n. Mental power of a superior order; superior intelligence; special aptitude; abilities; parts: often noting power or skill acquired by cultivation, and thus contrasted with genius. See genius, 5.
- n. Hence, persons of ability collectively: as, all the talent of the country is enlisted in the cause.
- n. A distinctive feature, quality, habit, or the like; a characteristic.
- n. Disposition; inclination; will; desire.
- n. Synonyms Abilities, Gifts, Parts, etc. See genius.
- n. An obsolete or dialectal variant of talon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who possesses unusual innate ability in some field or activity
- n. natural abilities or qualities
If he has talent he will see with the eyes of _talent_ -- that wonderful force which penetrates all artistic mysteries and reveals the truths as nothing else possibly can.
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His main talent is campaigning and he started that years before any other candidate in history and is STILL running around the country campaigning.
And unintentionally, but I've often said my main talent is getting the wrong end of the stick in interesting ways.
The United States still holds the edge in talent from the top to bottom of its roster, but many of the competitors have an edge in familiarity by having played together for several years.
I shall use the term talent so as to include genius.
For Detroit - the city that gave the label talent, a work ethic and its very name - the good vibes come at a good time.
The art ... the talent is all that matters to us, the public until our puffing up of said star's balloon bursts all loudly and messily when it touches the needle of human frailty.
Whether doing her full-scale show at Joe's Pub, or just singing with a club-date style band at the Darby on West 14th St, Lady Rizo practically has the word "talent" tattooed on her forehead.
"I'm telling you, the talent is here, especially with the arms," Kendall says.
Father Gill, however, doesn't know or understand and her talent is actually irrelevant to him.