prodigy

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noun prod·i·gy \ˈprä-də-jē\

Definition of prodigy

plural

prodigies

  1. 1a :  a portentous event :  omenb :  something extraordinary or inexplicable

  2. 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

  1. a new drug that is being hailed as the latest prodigy of the medical world

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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."

Origin and Etymology of prodigy

Middle English, from Latin prodigium omen, monster, from pro-, prod- + -igium (akin to aio I say) — more at adage


PRODIGY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of prodigy for English Language Learners

  • : a young person who is unusually talented in some way


PRODIGY Defined for Kids

prodigy

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noun prod·i·gy \ˈprä-də-jē\

Definition of prodigy for Students

plural

prodigies

  1. 1 :  an unusually talented child

  2. 2 :  an amazing event or action :  wonder



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