having or showing or needing unique ability
- Having familiar knowledge united with ability and dexterity in its application familiarly familiar with expert skillful usually followed closely by in as a person competent in attracting or geometry
- Having familiar understanding united with readiness and dexterity with its application; familiarly knowledgeable about; expert; skillful; -- frequently accompanied by in; as, an individual competent in attracting or geometry.
1550s, past participle adjective from talent (v.) "to possess personal and practical knowledge" (c.1200), from Old Norse skilja "split, part, divide; break-off, break-up; part company, simply take keep; discern, distinguish; comprehend, discover; determine, settle," from the source of skill (n.).
He is a beneficent and venerable old man of the sea, full of wisdom and skilled in prophecy, but, like Proteus, he will only reveal what he knows under compulsion.