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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: talent unit of weight or money in the ancient world (9-21 centuries), from Latin talentum, from Greek talanton; from a story in the Bible in which a man gives talents to his three servants, and two of them use them well

talent

noun
     
tal‧ent S3 W3
1 [uncountable and countable] a natural ability to do something wellCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
have talent show talent talent contest/show/competition (=a competition in which people show how well they can sing, dance etc) (a) natural talent a hidden talent musical/artistic/creative etc talent a man/woman of many talents (=someone who can do many things well) a wealth of talent (=when there are a lot of people with talent)
He has a lot of talent, and his work is fresh and interesting.
talent for
She showed a talent for acting at an early age.
a persuasive speaker with a natural talent for leadership
His latest book reveals hidden talents.
Sadly, she inherited none of her father's musical talent.
Your brother is a man of many talents.
There's a wealth of talent in English football.
talent for
She showed a talent for acting at an early age.
2 [uncountable] a person or people with a natural ability or skill:
Britain's footballing talent
3 [uncountable] British English informal sexually attractive people

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