wun·​der·​kind | \ ˈvu̇n-dər-ˌkint How to pronounce wunderkind (audio) \
plural wunderkinder\ ˈvu̇n-​dər-​ˌkin-​dər How to pronounce wunderkinder (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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During that time Andrey Andreev, the press-shy Russian tech wunderkind credited with creating the first dating app, Badoo, contacted her from London. Chloe Malle, Vogue, "Inside Dating-App Bumble’s Bid For Global Domination," 18 Apr. 2019 Loose silhouettes and large hoopla earrings gave the collection a confident swagger — a little like the 28-year-old wunderkind designer Simon Porte Jacquemus himself. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior and Gucci theatrically kick off Paris Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018 And the visionary's vote of confidence in the 25-year-old wunderkind has, indeed, proven fruitful. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This A$AP Rocky–Approved Artist Brought His Eye to NARS’s Latest Must-Have Makeup Collection," 27 Feb. 2019 Along with James, Milwaukee's wunderkind Giannis Antetokounmpo likely benefits most from Harden's setback. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "LeBron James' MVP chances have increased significantly with James Harden's injury: Chris Fedor," 6 Jan. 2018 For the Diamond Ball, that meant the full glam squad of stylist Jahleel Weaver, makeup artist Priscilla Ono, and hair wunderkind Yusef, plus a work of art straight off the couture runways. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna Shuts Down the Diamond Ball Red Carpet in Jaw-Dropping Couture," 14 Sep. 2018 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

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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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