|1.||innate ability, aptitude, or faculty, esp when unspecified; above average ability: a talent for cooking; a child with talent|
|2.||a person or persons possessing such ability|
|3.||any of various ancient units of weight and money|
|4.||informal members of the opposite sex collectively, esp those living in a particular place: the local talent|
|5.||an obsolete word for inclination|
|[Old English talente, from Latin talenta, pl of talentum sum of money, from Greek talanton unit of money or weight; in Medieval Latin the sense was extended to ability through the influence of the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14--30)]|
of silver contained 3,000 shekels (Ex. 38:25, 26), and was equal to 94 3/7 lbs. avoirdupois. The Greek talent, however, as in the LXX., was only 82 1/4 lbs. It was in the form of a circular mass, as the Hebrew name _kikkar_ denotes. A talent of gold was double the weight of a talent of silver (2 Sam. 12:30). Parable of the talents (Matt. 18:24; 25:15).