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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
Among the brightest of those homegrown stars is Zhao Bowen, a Chinese science prodigy who dropped out of high school to start running a genetics lab.
One night, driving home from dropping off a vintage car to tech prodigy Eron (Harrison Gilbertson), the technological utopia proves fallible.
One night, while driving home after dropping off a vintage car to tech prodigy Eron (Harrison Gilbertson), the technological utopia proves fallible — and fatal.
The Celtics hired Brad Stevens, the college coaching prodigy out of Butler, and the 76ers hired Brett Brown, a long-time Gregg Popovich assistant in San Antonio and an accomplished head coach overseas.
For freshman prodigy Mo Bamba, the two-dimensional giants served as fuel.
Enmanuel Guerra, 17, a Miami Shores boxing prodigy, has turned professional.
At the magazine, his stories ranged from a 6,000-word account of Jackie Robinson’s 1947 breakthrough on the baseball diamond to a quixotic tale of his two-year search for chess prodigy Bobby Fischer.
Chris Pine plays the missing dad, Gugu Mbatha-Raw is the girl's scientist mom, Deric McCabe is the girl's prodigy younger brother, and Levi Miller is her loyal friend.
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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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