wun·​der·​kind | \ ˈvu̇n-dər-ˌkint How to pronounce wunderkind (audio) \
plural wunderkinder\ ˈvu̇n-​dər-​ˌkin-​dər How to pronounce wunderkind (audio) \

Definition of wunderkind

: a child prodigy also : one who succeeds in a competitive or highly difficult field or profession at an early age

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Recent Examples on the Web One of American distance running’s most captivating and candid personalities, Seidel consistently cites Green — now 26 and considered something of a coaching wunderkind — as a major factor in her success. New York Times, 6 Nov. 2021 In fact, there is now no doubt that Pepi will become the next wunderkind to move from MLS to one of Europe's top five leagues, emulating the success of Tyler Adams and Alphonso Davies, who made the direct jump to the Bundesliga. Manuel Veth, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 These come on the heels of The Death of Vivek Oji in 2020 and Freshwater in 2018, two astonishing, original novels that revealed 33-year-old Emezi as a literary wunderkind, capable of finger-snap transformations on the page. Miguel Salazar, Vulture, 25 May 2021 Wolff was a wunderkind at the age of 30 and seemingly a has-been at the age of 38. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Oct. 2021 Her young team consists of the typical brand of attractive geniuses that populate the crime labs of this franchise, including the enigmatic Josh Folsom (Matt Lauria) and wunderkind Allie Rajan (Mandeep Dhillon). Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 6 Oct. 2021 The world’s largest 262-foot boat (by volume) was meticulously planned for years by her owner, an engineer, and build captain to be a cutting-edge, diesel-electric wunderkind. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 1 Oct. 2021 And now, rapper Kid Cudi is standing up for rap's wunderkind. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 17 Sep. 2021 And over the years there have been no shortage of companies eager to attach themselves to the woke wunderkind. Lola Ogunnaike, Marie Claire, 12 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of wunderkind

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wunderkind

German, from Wunder wonder + Kind child

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“Wunderkind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wunderkind. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wunderkind

: someone who achieves success or shows great talent at a young age


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