wunderkind

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noun wun·der·kind \ˈvu̇n-dər-ˌkint\

Definition of wunderkind

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wunderkinder

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

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Origin and Etymology of wunderkind

German, from Wunder wonder + Kind child


First Known Use: 1873


WUNDERKIND Defined for English Language Learners

wunderkind

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Definition of wunderkind for English Language Learners

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

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