wunderkind

noun

wun·​der·​kind ˈvu̇n-dər-ˌkint How to pronounce wunderkind (audio)
plural wunderkinder ˈvu̇n-dər-ˌkin-dər How to pronounce wunderkind (audio)
: a child prodigy
also : one who succeeds in a competitive or highly difficult field or profession at an early age

Examples of wunderkind in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Latest in Tech an hour ago Newsletters - Term Sheet A crypto wunderkind’s $200 million fund had the backing of investors like Bill Ackman and Galaxy. Rachel Ventresca, Fortune, 7 June 2024 Saint Laurent was catapulted to nearly immediate prominence as a design wunderkind when he was hired by Christian Dior and shortly afterwards, appointed as his replacement at the fashion house after Dior's unexpected death in 1957. Cady Lang, TIME, 7 June 2024 The alliterative, pop-ballad wunderkinds have had a few chances for an Emmy already, writing songs for The Flash and getting an Emmy nomination for their work in A Christmas Story Live!, but haven’t had success yet. Jennifer Zhan, Vulture, 17 Jan. 2024 Instead, the most interesting things said about Holliday on Friday came from Orioles infielders who only benefit from the wunderkind’s reassignment. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 23 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for wunderkind 

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Word History

Etymology

German, from Wunder wonder + Kind child

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wunderkind was in 1873

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“Wunderkind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wunderkind. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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