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[voo n-der-kind, wuhn-; German voo n-duh r-kint] /ˈvʊn dərˌkɪnd, ˈwʌn-; German ˈvʊn dərˌkɪnt/
noun, plural wunderkinds German, wunderkinder
[voo n-duh r-kin-duh r] /ˈvʊn dərˌkɪn dər/ (Show IPA)
a wonder child or child prodigy.
a person who succeeds, especially in business, at a comparatively early age.
Origin of wunderkind
1890-95; < German, equivalent to Wunder wonder + Kind child Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Isn't he what your countrymen would call a 'wunderkind,' Mademoiselle?

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
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/ˈwʌndəˌkɪnd; German ˈvʊndərˌkɪnt/
noun (pl) -kinds, -kinder (German) (-kɪndər)
a child prodigy
a person who is exceptionally successful in his field while still young
Word Origin
C20: German, literally: wonder child
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Word Origin and History for wunderkind

child prodigy (especially in music), 1891 (G.B. Shaw), from German Wunderkind, literally "wonder-child."

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