- 1 a thing that you give to somebody, especially on a special occasion or to say thank you synonym present The watch was a gift from my mother. Thank you for your generous gift. a free gift for every reader the gift of life (formal) The family made a gift of his paintings to the gallery. gifts of toys for the children See related entries: Departments in stores
- 2 a natural ability synonym talent gift (for something) She has a great gift for music. gift (for doing something) He has a gift for making friends easily. She can pick up a tune instantly on the piano. It's a gift.
- 3[usually singular] (informal) a thing that is very easy to do or cheap to buy Their second goal was an absolute gift. At £500 it's a gift. Word Origin Middle English: from Old Norse gipt; related to give.Extra examples Her parents brought a set of spoons as a gift. Here are ten great gift ideas for your friends. New customers will receive a free gift pack containing a selection of our products. Please accept this small gift. She has a natural gift for music. She received lavish gifts of clothes and perfume. She wanted to make a gift to her grandchildren. Thank you all for your kind gifts. The children all received gifts. The golf clubs were her gift to her husband. The messengers brought the king a fine suit of armour as a gift. There were gifts for all the children. These little boxes make perfect hostess gifts. They gave each other gifts at Christmas. This vase was a gift from my mother. When you place your first order with us, we will send you a free gift. When you place your first order with us, we will send you the free gift of your choice. a gift set of shampoo, soap and hand cream an outfit that Aunt Marilyn gave as a baby shower gift his great gifts as a teacher the problem of what to do with unwanted gifts All such posts are in the gift of the managing director. By becoming a blood donor you will be making a vital gift of life to someone else. She can pick up a tune instantly on the piano—it’s a gift she has. The gift of love is the greatest gift a person can give or receive. The party was originally funded by a gift of £50 000 from a top motor manufacturer. There’s a free gift for every reader. a gift for drawing/painting/writing/drama/improvisation/languages/music a gift for friendship/teaching/humour/calming people down/bringing people together/healingIdioms (especially British English) if something such as an important job or a special right or advantage is in somebody’s gift, that person can decide who to give it to All such posts are in the gift of the managing director (= only given by the managing director).
(informal, sometimes disapproving) the ability to speak easily and to persuade other people with your words Joe’s got the gift of the gab—he can sell anything. (ironic) a person who thinks that they are particularly good at something or who thinks that somebody will find them particularly attractive He seems to think he's God's gift to women. (usually with negatives) (informal) to refuse or criticize something that is given to you for nothing I’m never one to look a gift horse in the mouth.