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. [1913 Webster]

Rowing vessel whose burden does not exceed five hundred talents. --Jowett (Thucid.). [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. Inclination; will; disposition; desire. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

They rather counseled you to your talent than to your profit. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

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). [1913 Webster]

He is chiefly to be considered in his three different talents, as a critic, a satirist, and a writer of odes. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

His talents, his accomplishments, his graceful manners, made him generally popular. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Ability; faculty; gift; endowment. See {Genius}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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