Talent

Definition of Talent

Tal´ent   Pronunciation: tăl´
n.1.Among the ancient Greeks, a weight and a denomination of money equal to 60 minæ or 6,000 drachmæ. The Attic talent, as a weight, was about 57 lbs. avoirdupois; as a denomination of silver money, its value was £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 £340 to £396 sterling, or about $1,645 to $1,916. For gold it was equal to 10,000 gold shekels.
3.Inclination; will; disposition; desire.
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.

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