genius

Genius is an exceptional talent or skill, something above and beyond the norm. A genius is someone who possesses this brilliance, like a child prodigy who learned the piano at age 3 and played sold-out concerts by age 5.

Genius comes from the Latin word of the same name, meaning "guardian deity or spirit which watches over each person from birth" or "innate ability." Your genius — your superior talent — at the game of chess could make you a world champion. Your amazing genius would also make you a genius. The word can be used more lightheartedly to describe a natural ability or flair for something. You may have a genius for putting together stylish outfits.

Definitions of genius
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n unusual mental ability

Synonyms:
brilliance
Types:
coruscation
a sudden or striking display of brilliance
pyrotechnics
(music) brilliance of display (as in the performance of music)
scintillation
a brilliant display of wit
Type of:
intelligence
the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience

n exceptional creative ability

Synonyms:
wizardry
Type of:
creative thinking, creativeness, creativity
the ability to create

n someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality

“Mozart was a child genius
Synonyms:
Einstein, brain, brainiac, mastermind
Types:
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prodigy
an unusually gifted or intelligent (young) person; someone whose talents excite wonder and admiration
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:
intellect, intellectual
a person who uses the mind creatively

n someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

Synonyms:
ace, adept, champion, hotshot, maven, mavin, sensation, star, superstar, virtuoso, whiz, whizz, wiz, wizard
Types:
track star
a star runner
Type of:
expert
a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully

n a natural talent

“he has a genius for interior decorating”
Synonyms:
flair
Type of:
endowment, gift, natural endowment, talent
natural abilities or qualities

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