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.

Definitions of prodigy
  1. noun
    an unusually gifted or intelligent (young) person; someone whose talents excite wonder and admiration
    “she is a chess prodigy
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    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
  2. noun
    an impressive or wonderful example of a particular quality
    “the Marines are expected to perform prodigies of valor”
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    type of:
    example, exemplar, good example, model
    something to be imitated
  3. noun
    a sign of something about to happen
    synonyms: omen, portent, presage, prognostic, prognostication
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    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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