Definition of talent in US English:

talent

noun

  • 1Natural aptitude or skill.

    ‘he possesses more talent than any other player’
    ‘she displayed a talent for garden design’
    • ‘He is a player of real talent and skill and has the ability to make a real and lasting impression at the highest level.’
    • ‘Stiles especially shows a talent for deadpan comedy that very few of her recent films have given her the opportunity to show.’
    • ‘A former Westhoughton man who had a talent for recording his life and times has left an interesting legacy.’
    • ‘Son of Imelda and Tom, Emmet showed great artistic talent and ability from a very early age.’
    • ‘Madison is a refreshing mature artist with natural talent and strong views about all aspects of her music and career.’
    • ‘Kalina is also very creative, with a talent for painting and design, and wants to be a fine arts dealer.’
    • ‘Stunning works of art in their own right, they display his artistic talent and great flair for design.’
    • ‘His ability to mix music and his emerging studio talent made many artists visit his studio to record.’
    • ‘Kate was a popular pupil at school, with a talent for art, music and drama.’
    • ‘A talent for design and beauty makes visual art or architecture a good choice of profession.’
    • ‘Late in life she showed a talent for understanding technical briefings.’
    • ‘She proved to have such a talent for ballet that she will now be trained with the best in the country.’
    • ‘Trusting in her talent and staying in touch with reality seems to have been the wisest career plan of all so far.’
    • ‘Jamie has a reading age of nine and has poor writing and maths skills, but has a talent for working with his hands.’
    • ‘Tutors at the college were bowled over by her natural artistic talent and offered her a place on the course.’
    • ‘His mother, Jini, was an artist and his father, Mark, a farmer with a talent for photography.’
    • ‘As a child and as a teenager, I often wrote fiction for pleasure, and was told that I had a talent for it.’
    • ‘Her soulful lyrical style and dedication to dance has seen her jump up to fore of local young musical talent.’
    • ‘By dint of hard work and determination Piper used his natural artistic talent and practical skills to great effect.’
    • ‘One of her most endearing qualities is a talent for comedy, although she is not aware of it herself.’
    flair, aptitude, facility, gift, knack, technique, touch, bent, ability, expertise, capacity, power, faculty
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    1. 1.1 People possessing talent.
      ‘I signed all the talent in Rome’
      ‘Simon is a talent to watch’
      • ‘Identifying talent and providing an opportunity to exhibit it is of immense importance.’
      • ‘The film is quintessentially British and showcases some of the country's finest talent.’
      • ‘Populated by such enormous talent, the music industry can be a daunting world to enter.’
      • ‘Still performing in his own right, he now spends much of his time coaching and advising a new generation of talent.’
      • ‘Throughout his long career, Domingo has been devoted to fostering the next generation of talent.’
      • ‘The news is sure to please the Gigg Lane faithful, who relish watching home-grown talent.’
      • ‘On the field he reads the game very well and possesses immense talent.’
      • ‘We were delighted to see such a good crowd and plenty of talent on the night.’
      • ‘All of the team possess undoubted talent and they should come good in the weeks to come.’
      • ‘He had come all the way from a small village to watch the best of talent gathered from all over the country.’
      • ‘Until now a system hasn't been in place to identify talent and bring it through to the national side.’
      • ‘He is recognised in Victorian state cricket as a player who possesses a substantial degree of natural talent.’
      • ‘These creative young people are part of the vanguard of new talent blossoming in our midst.’
      • ‘The cream of local musical talent have come together to perform in aid of this very good cause.’
      • ‘The coaches pick these players on the basis of their talent, skill and ability to work as a team.’
      • ‘Three top talent spotters will open a new office in Glasgow tomorrow to sign up the cream of the country's new talent.’
      • ‘Jazz came to town at the weekend with Bingley becoming home to some of the nation's brightest jazz talent.’
      • ‘The new venture aims to find and polish the next generation of showbiz talent.’
      • ‘It was a close competition as there was so much artistic talent on display on the day.’
      • ‘On Saturday, against Rangers, he will come up against the latest generation of footballing talent.’
    2. 1.2British informal People regarded as sexually attractive or as prospective sexual partners.
      ‘most Saturday nights I have this urge to go on the hunt for new talent’
  • 2A former weight and unit of currency, used especially by the ancient Romans and Greeks.

    • ‘So set my ransom as you wish, tribune -- calculated in talents not sesterces.’
    • ‘Each amount mentioned is a combination of an amount in gold - a fraction of a gram in each case — and an amount in talents.’

Origin

Old English talente, talentan (as a unit of weight), from Latin talenta, plural of talentum ‘weight, sum of money’, from Greek talanton. talent (sense 1) is a figurative use with biblical allusion to the parable of the talents (Matt. 25:14–30).

Pronunciation

talent

/ˈtalənt//ˈtælənt/