2. Natural endowment or ability of a superior quality: "The computer company has hired some of the best talent for its software development."
"Her brother's experience, skills, and talent have been recognized and will make him the perfect choice for the new position on the staff."
"In Greek and Latin, talent was used for a sum of money (a Greek talanton was equivalent to 6,000 drachmas)."
"In the New Testament of the Bible (Matthew 25:14-30), the passage known as 'the parable of talents' has been interpreted to mean that the monetary talent was a God-given endowment which, if not used, would be lost and this 'endowment' sense gave rise to its extended use as 'mental ability, skill, or aptitude'."
The antique dealer had a special talent of being able to determine the difference between an authentic-ancient talent and a clever reproduction.