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noun talent pronunciation in British English /ˈtælənt/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a natural ability for being good at a particular activity
    talent for: She had an obvious talent for music.
    Billy shows a remarkable talent for upsetting his sister.
    talent as: You have undoubted talent as a writer.
    a man/woman of many talents: ‘So you can cook too?’ ‘I’m a man of many talents.’
    talent show/contest (=a competition in which singers, dancers etc show their ability): We’re helping to organize the school talent show.
    1. a.
      a person or people with a natural ability for being good at a particular activity
      The club boasts an impressive range of home-grown sporting talent.
      He’s an exciting new talent on the classical music scene.
      a wealth of talent: There’s a wealth of young acting talent in British theatre.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] British informal old-fashioned people who are sexually attractive or are considered as possible sexual partners
    I don’t think much of the local talent, do you?


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