prodigy

[ 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.

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Origin of prodigy

1425–75; late Middle English prodige<Latin prōdigium prophetic sign

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH prodigy

prodigy , protégé
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British Dictionary definitions for prodigy

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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