phe·​nom | \ˈfē-ˌnäm, fi-ˈnäm \

Definition of phenom 

: phenomenon especially : a person of phenomenal ability or promise

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The comparisons between her and political phenom Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, another late-20s socialist Latina politician from New York City, practically make themselves. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Julia Salazar, the socialist politician accused of lying about her past, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 The draw of Major League Baseball’s minor league phenom showcase is in the name itself. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Mitch Keller excited to represent Indianapolis Indians in Futures Game," 13 July 2018 Among the runners Romero edged: Milwaukee King phenom Makayla Jackson, as well as Wauwatosa West’s Ja’Cey Simmons, who won the sectional race over Romero in West Allis. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brookfield Central's Romero, Brookfield East's Bauer and Wauwatosa East boys all deliver strong performances at state track," 4 June 2018 The Rays lost Sunday’s game when Romo and friends were pitted against Angels rookie phenom Shohei Ohtani. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Rays 'bullpenning' experiment continues: Relievers to start next three games vs. Orioles," 24 May 2018 With about 400 of those fans giving them a rousing homecoming welcome, running back great Gore (2001-2004) and special-teams phenom Hester (2003-2005) were inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame. Susan Miller Degnan, miamiherald, "Devin Hester, Frank Gore and Larry Coker unite at UM Sports Hall of Fame induction | Miami Herald," 19 Apr. 2018 Teen phenoms come and go, and Murphy didn’t have much of a career about which to brag. Paul Sullivan,, "Juan Soto's feat recalls a forgotten teen phenom from Cubs' past," 15 June 2018 For the second time this month, the C. Milton Wright softball team ran into Bo Manor sophomore pitching phenom Madison Penta. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "CMW falls to Bo Manor, 2-0, in near repeat of softball game played earlier this month," 1 May 2018 Ohtani and the Angels are discovering that the outside world isn't terribly interested in giving breaks to phenoms, at least not international ones attempting to regularly pitch and bat in the big leagues. Jeff Miller,, "Scrutiny grows as Angels' plan for Shohei Ohtani begins to falter in spring training," 11 Mar. 2018

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1881, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of phenom

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

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