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phenom Syllabification: phe·nom
Pronunciation: /ˈfēˌnäm/ /fiˈnäm/

Definition of phenom in English:


North American informal
A person who is outstandingly talented or admired, especially an up-and-comer.
Example sentences
  • Darnell emphasized that no formal overtures have been made, but the show is likely to target faded stars along the lines of such 1980s teen phenoms as Tiffany and Debbie Gibson.
  • While every U.S. Olympic squad has featured a mixture of high school phenoms and post-graduate talent, collegians have long been a major factor-usually the major factor-in the equation.
  • In a 1994 book, Inside the Tour de France, Walsh included a sympathetic portrait of a young phenom from Texas named Lance Armstrong.


Late 19th century: abbreviation of phenomenon.

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