talent noun – Definition, pictures, pronunciation and usage notes

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  1. [uncountable, countable] a natural ability to do something well
    • The festival showcases the talent of young musicians.
    • to possess/have exceptional musical talent
    • The team is known for nurturing raw talent.
    • a man of many talents
    • talent for (doing) something She displayed her talent for comedy at the event.
    • She showed considerable talent for getting what she wanted.
    • a talent contest/competition (= in which people perform, to show how well they can sing, dance, etc.)

    Extra Examples

    • to have great artistic talent
    • Hard work is important, but it is no substitute for talent.
    • He is a violinist of exceptional talent.
    • Her talents lay in organization.
    • His parents accused him of wasting his talents and abilities.
    • It takes real talent to write a great pop song.
    • The banquet gave the chef a chance to flaunt his talents.
    • Where does her musical talent come from?
    • You have a natural talent for storytelling.
    • an effort to develop his creative talents to the full

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  2. [uncountable, countable] people or a person with a natural ability to do something well
    • to nurture/develop young talent
    • We are losing our top talent to other countries who pay more.
    • He is a great talent.

    Extra Examples

    • There is a wealth of young talent in British theatre.
    • Hollywood directors have a marvellous pool of acting talent to draw from.
    • The company is always looking out for new talent.
    • The festival attracts talent from all over the world.
    • There is a shortage of new comedy talent coming through.
    • United have unearthed a real talent in this young defender.
    • one of the few teams that relies on home-grown talent
  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).

See talent in the Oxford Advanced American DictionarySee talent in the Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English


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