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A talent is a personal gift or skill. It may also refer to:



  • A show-business personality or group of them
    • 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
    • Tarento, the Japanese pronunciation of the word, a Japanese show-business personality


  • Billy Talent, a Canadian rock group from Toronto
  • Jim Talent (born 1956), American politician, former Senator from Missouri.



  • Talent management - the recruitment and management of talented workers
  • 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, an education project based in Rijeka, Croatia
  • Talent (measurement), an ancient unit of mass and value
  • Talent (train), a model of train manufactured by Bombardier


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

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Old English talente, from plural of Latin talentum (a Grecian weight; a talent of money), from Ancient Greek τάλαντον (talanton), balance, a particular weight, esp. of gold, sum of money, a talent). Later senses reinforced by Old French talent (a talent, also will, inclination, desire).





talent (plural talents)

  1. (historical) A unit of weight and money used in ancient times in Greece, the Roman Empire, and the Middle East. [from 9th c.]
    • 1611, Authorized Version, Matthew XXV 14-15:
      For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
  2. (obsolete) A desire or inclination for something. [14th-16th c.]
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book X:
      ‘Faythfully,’ seyde Sir Dynadan, ‘I woll nat abyde, for I have suche a talente to se Sir Trystram that I may nat abyde longe from hym.’
  3. After Matthew 25, above: A marked natural ability or skill. [from 15th c.]
    He has the talent of touching his nose with his tongue.
  4. (sports, media) People of talent, viewed collectively; a talented person. [from 19th c.]
  5. (slang) The men or (especially) women of a place or area, judged by their attractiveness. [from 20th c.]
    Not much talent in this bar tonight – let's hit the clubs.



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External links

  • talent in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • talent in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911




talent m.

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



Etymology 1

From German Talent (talent), from Latin talentum, from Ancient Greek τάλαντον (talanton), balance, a particular weight, esp. of gold, sum of money, a talent).


  • IPA: /talɛnt/, [taˈlɛnˀd̥]


talent n. (singular definite talentet, plural indefinite talenter)

  1. talent (potential or factual ability to perform a skill better than most people)
See also
  • Wikipedia-logo.png Talent on the Danish Wikipedia.da.Wikipedia

Etymology 2

From Latin talentum, from Ancient Greek τάλαντον (talanton), balance, a particular weight, esp. of gold, sum of money, a talent).


  • IPA: /talɛnt/, [taˈlɛnˀd̥]


talent c. (singular definite talenten, plural indefinite talenter)

  1. talent (unit of weight and money)



talent n. (plural talenten, diminutive talentje, diminutive plural talentjes)

  1. talent



talent m. (plural talents)

  1. talent



  • IPA: [ˈtalɛnt]


talent m.

  1. talent, gift


Singular Plural
Nominative talent talenty
Genitive talentu talentów
Dative talentowi talentom
Accusative talent talenty
Instrumental talentem talentami
Locative talencie talentach
Vocative talencie talenty

Simple English

Talent means the skill that someone has quite naturally to do something that is hard. Someone who has talent is able to do something without trying hard. It is an ability that someone is born with. People may have talent for music, dancing, acting, sport or other skills. Someone who has talent is talented:

Mozart had a talent for music. He had a great talent. He was very talented.

We say that someone is “born with a talent”.

If someone has talent they still have to work very hard if they want to be very good at something. Some people become quite good at something even if they do not have much talent, but if they are willing to work very hard at the skill. Some people “waste their talent” (they have talent but do not work hard at it, they do not “use their talent”).

Other words for talent are aptitude or gift. A talented person is a gifted person.

The Broadway musical Fame is about a group of talented young people in a dancing school.

The word talent used to mean a weight and a piece of money in Assyria, Greece and Rome. This is the sense in which it is used in the Bible in the parable of the five talents (Matthew, xxv, 14-30).


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