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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Read the story of how the young Austrian phenom became the first woman to free climb Yosemite's second-toughest route, Magic Mushroom. National Geographic, "The best of National Geographic delivered to your inbox.," 5 Mar. 2019 And the Colts also held the No. 1 draft pick and the chance to draft Luck, a young quarterbacking phenom from Stanford who was being compared to a younger Manning. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Why Dwight Freeney says the Colts should never have cut Peyton Manning," 5 May 2018 Simmons’ parents, Dave and Julie, are featured prominently in the interview which follows the young phenom over several days in March, including the Sixers 118-110 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 15. Rob Tornoe,, "Sixers star Ben Simmons spent nearly a week with '60 Minutes' for upcoming interview," 28 Apr. 2018 Martin also expects a better Michael Porter Jr. for the NCAA Tournament after the freshman phenom returned from back surgery in the team's loss to Georgia in the SEC Tournament on Thursday. Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "Mizzou returns to NCAA Tournament for first time in five years, to face Florida State | The Kansas City Star," 11 Mar. 2018 The Rams feature two phenoms: 33-year-old Sean McVay, who was hired before the 2017 season as the youngest head coach in NFL history, and 24-year-old quarterback Jared Goff. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Super Bowl of Opposites," 25 Jan. 2019 Also on the squad is Julian Green, the 2014 World Cup phenom who’s been in the wilderness since Jurgen Klinsmann was fired in late 2016. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "Weston McKennie, Tim Weah lead U.S. national team roster for Bolivia game in Chester," 20 May 2018 A half-generation behind Car Seat Headrest is rock phenom Lindsey Jordan’s Snail Mail. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "The Best Music of 2018: New Releases’ New Directions," 18 Dec. 2018 But back to that hip-hop connection: Blue Note’s contemporary stars, including crossover phenom Robert Glasper, declare that jazz is, if anything, hip-hop in unspoken form. Maiysha Kai, The Root, "Tribeca Film Festival 2018: A New Film on Blue Note Records Takes Us Beyond the Notes," 27 Apr. 2018

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1881, in the meaning defined above

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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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