Definition of prodigy in English:
noun (plural prodigies)[often with modifier]
- 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.
- 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.
late 15th century (denoting something extraordinary considered to be an omen): from Latin prodigium 'portent'.
A prodigy initially was something extraordinary considered to be an omen. It comes from Latin prodigium ‘portent’. It came to be applied to a person possessing an amazing quality or talent in the mid 17th century. Similarly prodigious (Late Middle English) only developed the sense ‘very large’ in the mid 17th century.
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