prodigy

A prodigy is someone who is so naturally talented at something that they become a master of that particular skill as a child––you can be a musical prodigy or a math prodigy. Mozart was one, writing symphonies and playing for kings when he was only five years old.

Prodigy is one of those wonderful words whose different meanings tell a story about how the meanings of words bloom over time. The word derives from the Latin prodigium, meaning an omen or a sign of something to come. Prodigies are kids who often seem so talented that their success must presage even greater mastery, though, of course, the irony is that most prodigies peak in their youth.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: prodigy

1
n
an unusually gifted or intelligent (young) person; someone whose talents excite wonder and admiration
2
n
a sign of something about to happen
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: prodigy
1

n an unusually gifted or intelligent (young) person; someone whose talents excite wonder and admiration

“she is a chess prodigy
Types:
boy wonder
an extremely talented young male person
child prodigy, infant prodigy, wonder child
a prodigy whose talents are recognized at an early age
girl wonder
an extremely talented young female person
Type of:
Einstein, brain, brainiac, genius, mastermind
someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality

n an impressive or wonderful example of a particular quality

“the Marines are expected to perform prodigies of valor”
Type of:
example, exemplar, good example, model
something to be imitated
2

n a sign of something about to happen

Synonyms:
omen, portent, presage, prognostic, prognostication
Types:
auspice
a favorable omen
foreboding
an unfavorable omen
death knell
an omen of death or destruction
Type of:
augury, foretoken, preindication, sign
an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come
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