Definitions of talent

  1. natural qualities or talents
  2. a person who possesses unusual innate ability in some field or activity
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Inclination; will; disposition; desire.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. The ability to acquire general or special types of knowledge or skill.
  9. Among the ancients, a weight or a coin of varying value; as, the Hebrew talent of gold was worth $ 32, 640; mental ability; skill; cleverness; a special gift; a talent for painting; collectively, persons with such gifts.
  10. ( B.) A weight or sum of money- 94 pounds avoir, and $ 1, 650 to $ 1, 925: ( now fig.) faculty: natural or special gift: special aptitude: eminent ability.
  11. An ancient weight of about 94 lbs. avoir.; sum of money equalling about 1180; natural or special gift; mental ability.
  12. Superior mental ability; a special faculty or gift.
  13. An ancient weight and denomination of money of varying amount. ( Roman talent, talenium, $ 500, Attic talanton, $ 1, 200, Hebraic, $ 1, 550 to $ 2, 000.).
  14. Anciently, a standard weight and a denomination of money of value, varying at different periods and among different nations, the Attic weight being equal to about 57lbs., and money to
  15. Among the ancients, a weight, a coin, or a sum of money, varying in amount- the Jewish, of silver, about £ 396- of gold, about £ 5475; the Attic, about £ 243, 15s.; a metaphorical use from the Scripture parable of the talents, natural gift or endowment; eminent ability; particular faculty.

Usage examples for talent

  1. " In all the world I have only my- my talent and my self- respect. – The Shadow of the East by E. M. Hull
  2. " Now that's a talent worth having," said the King to the miller; " if your daughter is as clever as you say, bring her to my palace tomorrow, and I'll test her." – Journeys Through Bookland V2 by Charles H. Sylvester
  3. Mrs. Carlyle was proud of her daughter too, and pleased that, at any rate, one of her children inherited her talent for writing. – Anxious Audrey by Mabel Quiller-Couch
  4. And that is a talent which is becoming rare in these days. – A Mummer's Tale by Anatole France
  5. Bet has a talent in that direction, teased Bob. – The Merriweather Girls and the Mystery of the Queen's Fan by Lizette M. Edholm
  6. What man of genius, what great talent have the schools produced since 1790? – The Village Rector by Honore de Balzac
  7. He became a hog of considerable talent and promise. – The Fiend's Delight by Dod Grile
  8. " And you'd rather have your singing ruined than part for a moment with a scrap of your physical influence, of the influence that comes from your beauty, not your talent your face, not your soul. – The Woman With The Fan by Robert Hichens
  9. Here is where they are supreme, and it is in this kind of work they find an expression for all of their talent – Analyzing Character by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  10. His talent as a chauffeur is one that trails no feathers and he is a fine, likely looking lad. – Seeds of Pine by Janey Canuck
  11. My acquaintance with him was small, but he was a man of talent and, what was more to my purpose, of open manners. – Pelham, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton Last Updated: March 16, 2009
  12. But, we may ask, should one who has a decided talent for working in gold be made for that reason to learn music? – Thoughts Out of Season (Part II) by Friedrich Nietzsche
  13. Believe me, the talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well; and doing well whatever you do,- without a thought of fame. – Hyperion by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  14. He is a very fine young man, certainly, full of talent and spirit, and will make you a very good and agreeable friend- but he is no husband for me, I assure you! – Valerie by Frederick Marryat
  15. Perhaps he didn't have the right talent – The House of Toys by Henry Russell Miller
  16. " She has the talent for it," said Ludlow, " and she would have a better chance than most- that's very little to say- but it's a terribly rough road." – The Coast of Bohemia by William Dean Howells
  17. This appealed to him, and he selected the best talent from his company. – My Memories of Eighty Years by Chauncey M. Depew
  18. " We've got real talent here," he added, for indeed the boys had put together a fine show. – The Bobbsey Twins in the Country by Laura Lee Hope
  19. But I do know this: that he had enough talent and energy to make a living, and didn't. – We Three by Gouverneur Morris
  20. I fancy I manage it all right somehow, but heaven knows where the talent I possess comes from, for I never had much education. – The Sweep Winner by Nat Gould