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
Kingpin (July 1) A one-handed former bowling prodigy (Woody Harrelson) aims to strike it rich by mentoring an Amish wunderkind (Randy Quaid) in this 1996 Farrelly Brothers comedy co-starring Bill Murray.
Come 1953, this legal prodigy was named McCarthy’s boy-wonder chief counsel, and the news photos told the tale: the sharp-faced, heavy-lidded 26-year-old with cherubic cheeks, whispering intimately into the ear of the bloated McCarthy.
Draft day arrived on June 22, and yes, the Lakers took the hometown prodigy who grew up in a suburb east of LA.
Church first emerged on the international stage in the late ‘90s as a child prodigy.
Stats:16.8 points, six rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.7 steals More: Williams-Goss was a middle-school prodigy in the Portland suburb of Happy Valley.
Back in Class AAA Tacoma for the fifth time since his initial call-up as a 22-year-old prodigy in 2013, Zunino simply looked lost.
His career trajectory, with its early triumphs and later ruptures, is an object lesson in the social realities faced by some former child prodigies, whose emotional development can be sacrificed to professional prowess.
This should come as no surprise because last month, Kiffin offered a scholarship to another prodigy at that position.
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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
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