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Talent is generally considered to be an innate, personal gift possessed by relatively few people. In essence, someone with talent has an aptitude to do certain things.

Talent (in the sense of natural ability or giftedness) is not the same as skill, which is a learned process, and one which is enhanced or inhibited by an underlying talent.


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 tlēnai to bear; in senses 2–5, from the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14–30 —

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  • 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 athletic, 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