phenom

noun
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 Coach Kirk Murad said key to the game, especially late, was to get the ball in the reliable hands of freshman phenom Ayanna Franks. Steve Smith, courant.com, "Windsor’s late push ousts Simsbury, sends Warriors to finals," 26 Mar. 2021 Anti-pop phenom Billie Eilish — who swept the four major categories at the Grammys last year — also took the stage. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "The 2021 Grammys have begun. Read host Trevor Noah’s opening monologue," 14 Mar. 2021 Tiger's early days as a golf phenom had a truly heroic air about them. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Tiger Woods made us realize it's ok to love an imperfect athlete," 25 Feb. 2021 The high school phenom is a junior for his father’s Ypsi Prep team, which spent the winter playing high-level national competition before ending their season last week. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Why Michigan State basketball's transfer potential isn't as simple as it seems," 18 Mar. 2021 Last week, 14-year-old McKinney golf phenom Avery Zweig won her first American Junior Golf Association tournament, the Annika Invitational in St. Augustine, Fla. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "14-year-old McKinney golf phenom Avery Zweig discusses her latest win and long-term goals," 26 Jan. 2021 The 18-year-old phenom’s debut arena tour, which kicked off in Miami in early March, was among many that were postponed in the spring and ultimately canceled when stay-at-home orders went into effect to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. Nardine Saad, chicagotribune.com, "Billie Eilish’s fans are mad they’re getting refunds for tour tickets. Yes, really," 4 Dec. 2020 The 18-year-old phenom’s debut arena tour, which kicked off in Miami in early March, was among many that were postponed in the spring and ultimately canceled when stay-at-home orders went into effect to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, "Billie Eilish’s fans are mad they’re getting refunds for tour tickets. Yes, really," 4 Dec. 2020 This week’s phenom is Megan Barnett of Crozet, Va., near Charlottesville, who ended up with three honorable mentions in her debut … followed closely by her husband, Hil, who got two. Washington Post, "Style Conversational Week 1426: Head games," 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of phenom

1881, in the meaning defined above

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14 Apr 2021

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“Phenom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phenom. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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phenom

noun

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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