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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This holds especially true for the tale of Benedict Wells, the 34-year-old German wunderkind who survived a downright Dickensian childhood before emerging as a cultural sensation in his native country. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Most Anticipated Books of 2019: 19 Picks You Should Have on Your Reading List," 1 Jan. 2019 New vehicle standards were set by two sweeping acts of Congress in 1966, and GM’s design studio began seeing less of it’s one-time wunderkind. Patrick Cooke, WSJ, "‘Fins’ Review: Chrome-Age Technology," 16 Nov. 2018 Born in Dallas, the wunderkind actor launched her career at the tender age of five. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "21 Under 21: Marsai Martin Will Executive Produce and Star in Her Own Movie at 14," 5 Nov. 2018 Particularly when the idea comes from a precocious wunderkind college dropout claiming to have solved some intractable problem that the entire scientific establishment thinks impossible. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The downfall of Theranos, from the journalist who made it happen," 15 July 2018 Also, last season's Xfinity wunderkind, 20-year-old William Byron, will join Wallace, 24, not only as the early favorites as NASCAR's Rookie of the Year, but also at the front of the sports youth movement. Elton Alexander, cleveland.com, "Daytona 500: NASCAR bids farewell to past, welcome to present," 9 Feb. 2018 The least expensive model in our test, this little wunderkind will mop and sweep hardwood, tile, and stone surfaces. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Robot Vacuums, According to Cleaning Experts," 21 Nov. 2018 Their head coaches, 32-year-old wunderkind Sean McVay in Los Angeles and 60-year-old Andy Reid in Kansas City, are at the forefront of a revolution from inside the game that will shape what the NFL looks like for years to come. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Rams-Chiefs Was a Crystal Ball Into the NFL’s Future," 20 Nov. 2018 Now compare the waif of Weimar to the wunderkind of the Bonn-Berlin Republic, the successor of the Third Reich founded in 1949. Josef Joffe, WSJ, "Is Germany Slouching Toward Weimar Again?," 23 Sep. 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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: someone who achieves success or shows great talent at a young age

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