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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TAL'ENT, n. [L. talentum; Gr. to bear, allied to L. tollo. The word is said to have originally signified a balance or scales.]
1. Among the ancients, a weight, and a coin. The true value of the talent cannot well be ascertained, but it is known that it was different among different nations. The Attic Talent, the weight, contained 60 Attic minae, or 6000 Attic drachmae, equal to 56 pounds, eleven ounces, English troy weight. The mina being reckoned equal to f3 4s.7d. sterling, or fourteen dollars and a third nearly, the talent was of the value of f193 15s sterling, about $861 dollars. Other computations make it f225 sterling.
The Romans had the great talent and the little talent; the great talent is computed to be equal to f99 6s. 8d. sterling, and the little talent to f75 sterling.
2. Talent, among the Hebrews, was also a gold coin, the same with a shekel of gold; called also stater, and weighing only four drachmas.
But the Hebrew talent of silver, called cicar, was equivalent to three thousand shekels, or one hundred and thirteen pounds, ten ounces and a fraction, troy weight.
3. Faculty; natural gift or endowment; a metaphorical application of the word, said to be borrowed from the Scriptural parable of the talents. Matthew 25.
He is chiefly to be considered in his three different talents, as a critic, a satirist, and a writer of odes.
'Tis not my talent to conceal my thoughts.
4. Eminent abilities; superior genius; as, he is a man of talents.
[Talent, in the singular, is sometimes used in a like sense.]
5. Particular faculty; skill. He has a talent at drawing.
6. [Sp. talante, manner of performing any thing, will, disposition.] Quality; disposition.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: natural abilities or qualities [syn: endowment, gift, talent, natural endowment]
2: a person who possesses unusual innate ability in some field or activity

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English talente, from Latin talenta, plural of talentum unit of weight or money, from Greek talanton pan of a scale, weight; akin to Greek tl?nai to bear; in senses 2-5, from the parable of the talents in Matthew
25:14-30 more at tolerate Date: before 12th century 1. a. any of several ancient units of weight b. a unit of value equal to the value of a talent of gold or silver 2. archaic a characteristic feature, aptitude, or disposition of a person or animal 3. the natural endowments of a person 4. a. a special often creative or artistic aptitude b. general intelligence or mental power ; ability 5. a person of talent or a group of persons of talent in a field or activity Synonyms: see gift talented adjective talentless adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a special aptitude or faculty (a talent for music; has real talent). 2 high mental ability. 3 a a person or persons of talent (is a real talent; plenty of local talent). b colloq. members of the opposite sex regarded in terms of sexual promise. 4 an ancient weight and unit of currency, esp. among the Greeks. Phrases and idioms: talent-scout (or -spotter) a person looking for talented performers, esp. in sport and entertainment. Derivatives: talented adj. talentless adj. Etymology: OE talente & OF talent f. L talentum inclination of mind f. Gk talanton balance, weight, sum of money

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Talent Tal"ent, n. [F., fr. L. talentum a talent (in sense 1), Gr. ? a balance, anything weighed, a definite weight, a talent; akin to ? to bear, endure, ?, L. tolerare, tollere, to lift up, sustain, endure. See Thole, v. t., Tolerate.] 1. Among the ancient Greeks, a weight and a denomination of money equal to 60 min[ae] or 6,000 drachm[ae]. The Attic talent, as a weight, was about 57 lbs. avoirdupois; as a denomination of silver money, its value was [pounds]243 15s. sterling, or about $1,180. Rowing vessel whose burden does not exceed five hundred talents. --Jowett (Thucid.). 2. Among the Hebrews, a weight and denomination of money. For silver it was equivalent to 3,000 shekels, and in weight was equal to about 93? lbs. avoirdupois; as a denomination of silver, it has been variously estimated at from [pounds]340 to [pounds]396 sterling, or about $1,645 to $1,916. For gold it was equal to 10,000 gold shekels. 3. Inclination; will; disposition; desire. [Obs.] They rather counseled you to your talent than to your profit. --Chaucer. 4. Intellectual ability, natural or acquired; mental endowment or capacity; skill in accomplishing; a special gift, particularly in business, art, or the like; faculty; a use of the word probably originating in the Scripture parable of the talents (--Matt. xxv. 14-30). He is chiefly to be considered in his three different talents, as a critic, a satirist, and a writer of odes. --Dryden. His talents, his accomplishments, his graceful manners, made him generally popular. --Macaulay. Syn: Ability; faculty; gift; endowment. See Genius.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(talents) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. Talent is the natural ability to do something well. The player was given hardly any opportunities to show off his talents... He's got lots of talent. N-VAR: oft N for n see also talent show

Easton's Bible Dictionary

of silver contained 3,000 shekels (Ex. 38:25, 26), and was equal to 94 3/7 lbs. avoirdupois. The Greek talent, however, as in the LXX., was only 82 1/4 lbs. It was in the form of a circular mass, as the Hebrew name _kikkar_ denotes. A talent of gold was double the weight of a talent of silver (2 Sam. 12:30). Parable of the talents (Matt. 18:24; 25:15).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

tal'-ent (kikkar; talanton): A weight composed of 60 manehs (English Versions of the Bible "pounds") equal to about 120 pounds troy and 96 pounds avoirdupois, or 672,500 grains, of the Phoenician standard. See WEIGHTS AND MEASURES. When used in the monetary sense the talent might be either of silver or gold, and the value varied according to the standard, but is probably to be taken on the Phoenician, which would give about 410 British pounds, or $2,050 (in 1915), for the silver talent and 6,150 British pounds or $30,750 (in 1915), for the gold.


Figurative: "Talent," like "pound," is used metaphorically in the New Testament for mental and spiritual attainments or gifts (Mt 25:15-28).

H. Porter

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Gift, faculty, capacity, genius, endowment, ability, ableness, power, parts, cleverness, turn, aptitude, aptness, knack, forte.

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