Definition of prodigy
1a : a portentous event : omenb : something extraordinary or inexplicable
2a : an extraordinary, marvelous, or unusual accomplishment, deed, or eventb : a highly talented child or youth
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Examples of prodigy in a Sentence
a new drug that is being hailed as the latest prodigy of the medical world
Recent Examples of prodigy from the Web
But instead of being a math prodigy working as a janitor or at a construction site, Singer was a baseball prospect cleaning cars and running errands.
Joey Alexander, a 13-year-old Indonesian piano prodigy, was drawn to the composer at age 6.
Zidane's departure from Cannes allowed the emergence of another Cannes prodigy, Johan Micoud, who would later star for Bordeaux and Werder Bremen while making 17 caps for the French national team.
AlphaGo is scheduled to play its human opponent, the 19-year-old Chinese prodigy Ke Jie, one more time on Saturday in the best-of-three contest.
Jack, who posts on Instagram under the username @MakeuupbyJack, is a beauty prodigy.
At that time, let’s just say there were a lot of really technically skilled prodigies gravitating toward a type of music that didn’t have as much depth to it and was more about flash.
In his childhood, Kurzweil was a technical prodigy.
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Did You Know?
Is a prodigy a genius or a monster - or both? Nowadays, it's the talent that shines through, but back in the 15th century the word's meaning was more strongly influenced by that of its Latin ancestor, prodigium, meaning "omen" or "monster." Back then, a prodigy could be any strange or weird thing that might be an omen of things to come. Even in modern English, the word sometimes refers to an extraordinary deed or accomplishment. P.G. Wodehouse used that sense when he described how a character named Pongo Twistleton was "performing prodigies with the [billiard] cue."
PRODIGY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prodigy for English Language Learners
: a young person who is unusually talented in some way
PRODIGY Defined for Kids
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