Definition of prodigy in English:


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nounplural noun prodigies

often with modifier
  • 1A person, especially a young one, endowed with exceptional qualities or abilities.

    ‘a Russian pianist who was a child prodigy in his day’
    • ‘The story begins in Russia, where the young chess prodigy tore through distinguished grand master opposition like a sickle through soft grain.’
    • ‘By age 7, Nikolay was already recognized as a young chess prodigy, and at age 11, he was invited to one of the best chess schools in the Ukraine.’
    • ‘Western cultures tend to praise those who make difficult tasks appear easy because of their own exceptional ability, as in the child prodigy phenomenon.’
    • ‘Having eclipsed the record of Anand to become the youngest grandmaster from the country, the chess prodigy is now gunning for greater glory.’
    • ‘Child prodigy historians or sociologists would almost be a contradiction in terms.’
    • ‘From child prodigy to intelligence consultant the flight has been quick.’
    • ‘A young poet prodigy is basking in royal approval after receiving a message from the Queen.’
    • ‘There is an urgent need to endorse intelligence; this, in part, involves identifying chess prodigies.’
    • ‘Nash is a young math prodigy who shows up at Princeton with the amazing ability to see numbers in a most visual way, handy for storyshowing in this age of effects.’
    • ‘The harmonica prodigy kicks out a foot-stomping blues bonanza to break up the tender anecdotes.’
    • ‘Both were child prodigies in chess, quickly rising to their respective nations' top slots.’
    • ‘Ditka transforms the team from losers to winners through a variety of strategies, including the acquisition of two young Italian soccer prodigies.’
    • ‘He was a child prodigy who died young and yet he wrote a phenomenal amount of music.’
    • ‘A young musical prodigy from Keighley is to showcase her talents to raise awareness of the devastating effects of cancer on teenagers.’
    • ‘The more research she did, the more fascinated she became with the complicated 18th century child prodigy, virtuoso, hyper-prolific genius and failed priest!’
    • ‘So when we look at genius or child prodigies or musical geniuses or idiot savants, these are clues to the mystery of that infinitely creative mind that we can tap into.’
    • ‘Maybe so, but when LeBron entered the ninth grade at his new school, St Vincent-St Mary, at least one international sports agency inquired about the young basketball prodigy who was becoming the talk of Akron.’
    • ‘The senior Gretzky still lives in the house where Wayne grew up; a swimming pool has replaced the famous backyard practice rink that Walter built for his young prodigy years ago.’
    • ‘Thick-skinned, he fails to heed their hints about getting a replacement, even when they turn up at his house with Tom, a hot young guitar prodigy.’
    • ‘At 18, the two young math prodigies shared not only looks and last names, but identical intellects.’
    child genius, genius, wonder child, mastermind, virtuoso
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    1. 1.1An impressive or outstanding example of a particular quality.
      ‘Germany seemed a prodigy of industrial discipline’
      • ‘Chirac praised the bridge's designers and builders for creating ‘a prodigy of art and architecture a new emblem of French civil engineering’.’
      • ‘Unlike the neoconservative apologists for the Republican attempt to rip off the poor, he is a genuinely original thinker, as well as a prodigy of learning.’
      • ‘At 79, she is a prodigy of youthful energy in hoisting a hefty bundle of old tricks.’
      • ‘She was a colossus in all her limbs - a marvel of strength and a prodigy of clumsiness.’
      • ‘Van Schurman was a prodigy of linguistic skills.’
      • ‘It is a fine example of the so-called prodigy buildings built by the richest and most intellectually advanced men.’
      • ‘After all, there were only four of them and just because they weren't prodigies like their counterparts didn't mean that they didn't have any skill to offer.’
      • ‘College football is littered with examples of coaches who were prodigies one year and idiots the next.’
      • ‘In the local fashion world, designer Oscar Lawalata is something of a prodigy.’
      • ‘Certainly I was no technical prodigy, but I was comfortable around machinery.’
      model, classic example, paragon, paradigm, epitome, exemplar, ideal, prototype, archetype, type
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    2. 1.2An amazing or unusual thing, especially one out of the ordinary course of nature.
      • ‘omens and prodigies abound in Livy's work’



/ˈprädəjē/ /ˈprɑdədʒi/


Late 15th century (denoting something extraordinary considered to be an omen): from Latin prodigium ‘portent’.