wun·​der·​kind | \ˈvu̇n-dər-ˌkint \
plural wunderkinder\ ˈvu̇n-​dər-​ˌkin-​dər \

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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Take Kylian Mbappe, the 19-year-old French wunderkind, born to a Cameroonian father and Algerian mother in the notorious banlieues of Paris. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The World Cup is a victory for the immigrant dream," 12 July 2018 Playing alongside another dynamic wunderkind didn’t hurt. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "For Murray, Spurs’ rough series could be start of something big," 23 Apr. 2018 The new firm will be led by founder Michael Sayman, a 21-year-old wunderkind who started as a Facebook intern at age 17 and left that company for Google last year. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Elon Musk crashes Tesla’s Wall Street beat with a bizarre earnings call," 3 May 2018 The Rams burst into the NFL’s contender club last season with the arrival of wunderkind coach Sean McVay and an ascending roster. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "The NFL in California in 2018: The Best Year Ever?," 18 June 2018 Anduril is a magic sword in the Lord of the Rings universe, but also the name of former Oculus Rift wunderkind Palmer Luckey’s company that exists to build a virtual borrder wall. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Security News This Week: A Popular Spanish Soccer App Used Phone Mics to Snoop," 16 June 2018 Correa stroked the designated hitter's bushy beard, even the wunderkind shortstop needing a piece of his teammate who, at this moment, is baseball's best hitter. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Evan Gattis' grand slam lifts Astros over Royals," 15 June 2018 Jams Psych Rock Tame Impala psychedelic wunderkind Kevin Parker collabs with stars like Lady Gaga and gets covered by Rihanna. Devin Friedman, GQ, "The Hippies Were Right After All," 14 June 2018 Pole vault wunderkind Mondo Duplantis remains 0-for-his-career against Kendricks. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "On Sam Kendricks, Hayward Field nostalgia and the Pre Classic: Oregon track & field rundown," 26 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of wunderkind

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

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