Definition of talent noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtælənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtælənt//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a natural ability to do something well to have great artistic talent a man of many talents talent (for something/for doing something) She showed considerable talent for getting what she wanted. a talent competition/contest (= in which people perform, to show how well they can sing, dance, etc.)
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] people or a person with a natural ability to do something well There is a wealth of young talent in British theatre. He is a great talent.
  3. 3[uncountable] (British English, slang) people who are sexually attractive He likes to spend his time chatting up the local talent.
  4. Word OriginOld English talente, talentan (as a unit of weight), from Latin talenta, plural of talentum ‘weight, sum of money’, from Greek talanton. The current sense is a figurative use based on the parable of the talents in the Bible (Matt. 25:14–30).Extra examples Hard work is important, but it is no substitute for raw talent. He has been putting his artistic talents to good use. He is a violinist of exceptional talent. Her talents lay in organization. His parents accused him of wasting his talents and abilities. Hollywood directors have a marvellous pool of acting talent to draw from. It takes real talent to write a great pop song. She has a keen eye for spotting talent. The banquet gave the chef a chance to flaunt his talents. The boy has undoubted talent. The company is always looking out for new talent. The festival attracts talent from all over the world. The theatre visits schools to tap young talent. There is a shortage of new comedy talent coming through. There is a wealth of talent out there in our schools. United have unearthed a real talent in this young defender. We are losing our top talent to other countries who pay more. Where does her musical talent come from? You have a natural talent for storytelling. an effort to develop his creative talents to the full kids with musical talent one of the few teams that relies on home-grown talent As a boy, Elvis was entered for a talent contest at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair. He’s a man of many talents. She has great artistic talent.
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