talent etymology

English word talent comes from Ancient Greek (to 1453) τάλαντον, and later Old English (ca. 450-1100) talente (Talent (money, weight).)

Detailed word origin of talent

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
τάλαντον Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
talentum Latin (lat) (New Latin) A marked natural skill or ability. A Grecian weight, which contained sixty minae or half a hundredweight.. A talent or sum of money; usually the Attic talent (sometimes with magnum).
talenta Latin (lat)
talente Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Talent (money, weight).
talent Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
talent English (eng) (business, media, sports) People of talent, viewed collectively; a talented person. [from 19thc.]. (historical) A unit of weight and money used in ancient times in Greece, the Roman Empire, and the Middle East. [from 9thc.]. (obsolete) A desire or inclination for something. [14th-16thc.]. (slang) The men or (especially) women of a place or area, judged by their attractiveness. [from 20thc.]. [...]

Words with the same origin as talent

Descendants of τάλαντον