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(1)   Natural abilities or qualities
(2)   A person who possesses unusual innate ability in some field or activity


, from plural of , from . Later senses reinforced by Old French .


  1. A unit of weight and money used in ancient times in Greece, the Roman Empire, and the Middle East.
    • 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. A desire or inclination for something.
    • 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.
    He has the talent of touching his nose with his tongue.
  4. People of talent, viewed collectively; a talented person.
  5. The men or (especially) women of a place or area, judged by their attractiveness.
    Not much talent in this bar tonight – let's hit the clubs.


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