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

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The contrast was apt: Whereas the Baguette was splashy, a cultural phenom that earned its own SATC storyline and came in collectible versions, like luxury Beanie Babies, the Peekaboo was the opposite—a discreet, classic satchel. Maya Singer, Vogue, "On the 10th Anniversary of Fendi’s Peekaboo, Its Maker, Silvia Venturini Fendi, Talks “It Bags”," 8 Feb. 2019 Chantel Jeffries is a bonafide social media phenom, boasting 4 million followers and counting these days. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chantel Jeffries Shops For the Most Vegas-Worthy Heels," 21 Feb. 2019 Ilsinho jumped on a poor clearance by Vancouver’s Brek Shea — a former U.S. national team phenom who is now a backup left back — and set up Dockal for a rip from 15 yards. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "Borek Dockal, Ilsinho star in Union's 4-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps," 23 June 2018 With phenom Ronald Acuna promoted from the minors, Tucker's time in the starting lineup has come to an end. Lawr Michaels, USA TODAY, "Fantasy baseball sizzlers, fizzlers: Franchy Cordero powers forward," 1 May 2018 Wright grew into a high school basketball phenom and went on to star as a defensive stopper for Virginia. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "WNBA player comes to S.A. to nurse dad, knee, and future," 8 Feb. 2018 In a time of deepening geopolitical divisions and scary animosities, the musical has become something of a quiet phenom on Broadway, in Toronto and abroad. Misha Berson, The Seattle Times, "‘Come From Away’ at 5th Avenue Theatre is openhearted and exhilarating," 16 Oct. 2018 This year, the Golden State Warriors star avoided getting dunked on by selecting the Milwaukee Bucks phenom in the draft for the annual showcase. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Giannis Antetokounmpo lands on Team Curry for All-Star Game," 25 Jan. 2018 But now, the K-pop phenoms are living comfortably in luxury apartments, selling out American concerts in minutes. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "BTS' 50 Best Songs: Critics' Picks," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of phenom

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of phenom was in 1881

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English Language Learners Definition of phenom

US, informal : a person who is very good at doing something (such as a sport)

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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