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
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n natural abilities or qualities

Synonyms:
endowment, gift, natural endowment
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

n a person who possesses unusual innate ability in some field or activity

Type of:
expert
a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully

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