phe·nom | \ˈfē-ˌnäm, fi-ˈnäm \

Definition of phenom 

: phenomenon especially : a person of phenomenal ability or promise

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Disney’s habit of cherry-picking Broadway phenoms to work in the realm of animation started, really, with Howard Ashman. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Inside the Tragedy and Triumph of Disney Genius Howard Ashman," 20 Apr. 2018 From the comebacks of such ’90s favorites as Tasha Tilberg and Guinevere van Seenus to the continued success of phenoms like Kaia Gerber, the runways were star-studded. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Meet the Top Models of Fall 2018," 12 Mar. 2018 The 28-year-old, who’s become something of a gay pop culture phenom thanks to his acerbic wit and a public clash with Vice President Mike Pence, wasn’t exaggerating. John Paul Brammer /, NBC News, "With 'flair for the dramatic,' Adam Rippon is ready for Olympic spotlight," 28 Jan. 2018 Tennage phenom Joaquin Niemann will compete one week after playing in the final group and finishing T-6 at the Memorial. Daniel Rapaport,, "FedEx St. Jude Classic Preview: History, Field, Odds, Predictions," 6 June 2018 USA TODAY Sports Juan Soto, the teenage phenom for the Washington Nationals, is following some heady footsteps in the major leagues. Scott Boeck, USA TODAY, "Kids bop: At 19, Nationals rookie Juan Soto has star company in home run club," 22 May 2018 The Hawks selected European phenom Luka Doncic with the No. 3 pick in the 2018 NBA draft, but Atlanta reportedly intends to trade his rights to the Mavericks. Heather Boehm,, "Hawks Select Luka Doncic with No. 3 Pick in 2018 NBA Draft, Reportedly Traded to Mavs," 21 June 2018 The 19-year-old winger could be this World Cup’s breakout phenom. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "World Cup schedule: Lionel Messi, Argentina take on Iceland to highlight June 16 games," 15 June 2018 At the last crescendo when the phenom had given his best performance, the audience was applauding as the young man stared at the old man in the balcony. Loren A. Yadon, idahostatesman, "Leaving the ‘stage of life’ to the applause of heaven," 12 July 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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