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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
Edwin Rist was a home-schooled musical prodigy, an American flutist who by age 20 was enrolled in Britain’s prestigious Royal Academy of Music.
New poems no longer come to me, with their prodigies of metaphor and assonance.
LeBron is not just a basketball prodigy, as the narrative often suggests.
Henry is a happy-go-lucky prodigy with lucrative offers to strike out as a soloist.
Bergelin discovers the young prodigy and pushes him toward greatness, but by the summer of 1980 the pressure is starting to take its toll.
Most golf prodigies hail from warmer climates than Shepherd, a 17-year-old native of Greenwood, Ind.
The six competing students range from varied backgrounds such as homeschooled, Catholic school, Boy Scout, latchkey child and prodigy.
The table-tennis event, staged in Las Vegas for the last three years, will attract international competitors and likely American prodigy and Olympian, Kanak Jha, 17, said Matt Hetherington, the association’s communications director.
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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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