talent

If you are especially good at something, you have a talent. You can have a talent for singing or a talent for getting others to talk about themselves. People who work in creative professions are often called "the talent."

In Biblical times, a talent was a unit of money, and a New Testament parable tells of a master punishing a servant for hiding, rather than investing, a bag of talents in the master's absence. The interpretation of this parable to mean that you should not hide your "God-given talents" has led to the current meaning of the word as the special qualities a person possesses.

Definitions of talent
  1. noun
    natural abilities or qualities
    synonyms: endowment, gift, natural endowment
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    types:
    bent, hang, knack
    a special way of doing something
    flair, genius
    a natural talent
    raw talent
    powerfully impressive talent
    type of:
    natural ability
    ability that is inherited
  2. noun
    a person who possesses unusual innate ability in some field or activity
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    type of:
    expert, pundit
    a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
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