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[prod-i-jee] /ˈprɒd ɪ dʒi/
noun, plural prodigies.
a person, especially a child or young person, having extraordinary talent or ability:
a musical prodigy.
a marvelous example (usually followed by of).
something wonderful or marvelous; a wonder.
something abnormal or monstrous.
Archaic. something extraordinary regarded as of prophetic significance.
Origin of prodigy
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English prodige < Latin prōdigium prophetic sign
Can be confused
prodigy, protégé. Unabridged
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  • Was it possible that she herself was there, in the expectation of bringing about a prodigy?

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Although implored and hoped for, the prodigy did not appear, and the room was silent and anxious.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Was the wonderful event about to take place, the prodigy she awaited?

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • By a prodigy Guillaume was alive and already on his legs again.

  • He prefers to frolic and philosophise with his prodigy on the sands.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Thus, she remained immutable, superior to fatigue, and ever relying on a prodigy.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • It is marvelous that it should be a prodigy and at the same time common.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
British Dictionary definitions for prodigy


noun (pl) -gies
a person, esp a child, of unusual or marvellous talents
anything that is a cause of wonder and amazement
something monstrous or abnormal
an archaic word for omen
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōdigium an unnatural happening, from pro-1 + -igium, probably from āio I say
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Word Origin and History for prodigy

late 15c., "sign, portent, something extraordinary from which omens are drawn," from Latin prodigium "prophetic sign, omen, portent, prodigy," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + -igium, a suffix or word of unknown origin, perhaps from *agi-, root of aio "I say" (see adage). Meaning "child with exceptional abilities" first recorded 1650s.

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