[ prod-i-jee ]
/ ˈprɒd ɪ dʒi /

noun, plural prod·i·gies.

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

1425–75; late Middle English prodige < Latin prōdigium prophetic sign
Can be confusedprodigy protégé Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prodigy


/ (ˈprɒdɪdʒɪ) /

noun plural -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 for prodigy

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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