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From Ancient Greek τάλαντον (tálanton, a weight; talent), from Proto-Indo-European *tl̥h₂ent-, from *telh₂-.



talentum n (genitive talentī); second declension

  1. A Grecian weight, which contained sixty minae or half a hundredweight.
  2. A talent or sum of money; usually the Attic talent (sometimes with magnum).
    Vīgintī talentiīs ūnam ōrātiōnem Īsocratēs vēndidit.
    Isocrates sold one oration for twenty talents.
  3. (New Latin) A marked natural skill or ability


Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative talentum talenta
Genitive talentī talentōrum
Dative talentō talentīs
Accusative talentum talenta
Ablative talentō talentīs
Vocative talentum talenta

Derived terms[edit]



  • talentum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • talentum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • talentum in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • talentum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • talentum in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • talentum in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin