phe·​nom | \ ˈfē-ˌnäm How to pronounce phenom (audio) , fi-ˈnäm How to pronounce phenom (audio) \

Definition of phenom

: phenomenon especially : a person of phenomenal ability or promise

Examples of phenom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Joining her from the tennis ranks is 20-year-old phenom Iga Świątek. Justin Birnbaum, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The project re-teams the 26-year-old phenom with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 22 Apr. 2022 The project will mix rare archival footage and fresh verité video to highlight the rapper’s rise from a viral freestyling phenom to pop culture sensation. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Mar. 2022 The 20-year-old Russian piano phenom Alexander Malofeev is one of the artists whose Ravinia debut got scuttled last year due to lingering travel restrictions. Hannah Edgar,, 24 Mar. 2022 Sharpe, an 18-year-old phenom, didn’t play a single minute. Joel Lorenzi, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Mar. 2022 Oneil Cruz, a 23-year-old phenom who made his MLB debut in 2021, crushed a home run in the bottom of the fourth. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, 19 Mar. 2022 The dazzling 5-foot-6 point guard turned into a national phenom and YouTube sensation, drawing millions of views online. Glenn Graham,, 4 Mar. 2022 Born Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, the 27-year-old phenom has become one of the biggest draws in the world of reggaton and latin trap music in recent years while also making a name for himself as a singer, songwriter and professional wrestler. oregonlive, 21 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of phenom

1881, in the meaning defined above

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8 May 2022

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“Phenom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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