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
  1. noun
    unusual mental ability
    synonyms: brilliance
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    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
  2. noun
    exceptional creative ability
    synonyms: wizardry
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    type of:
    creative thinking, creativeness, creativity
    the ability to create
  3. noun
    someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality
    “Mozart was a child genius
    synonyms: Einstein, brain, brainiac, mastermind
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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
  4. noun
    someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
    synonyms: ace, adept, champion, hotshot, maven, mavin, sensation, star, superstar, virtuoso, whiz, whizz, wiz, wizard
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    track star
    a star runner
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    expert
    a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
  5. noun
    a natural talent
    “he has a genius for interior decorating”
    synonyms: flair
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    type of:
    endowment, gift, natural endowment, talent
    natural abilities or qualities
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