[voo n-der-kind, wuhn-; German voo n-duhr-kint]
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noun, plural wun·der·kinds, German wun·der·kin·der [voo n-duhr-kin-duhr] /ˈvʊn dərˌkɪn dər/.
  1. a wonder child or child prodigy.
  2. a person who succeeds, especially in business, at a comparatively early age.

Origin of wunderkind

1890–95; < German, equivalent to Wunder wonder + Kind child
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  • Isn't he what your countrymen would call a 'Wunderkind,' Mademoiselle?

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for wunderkind


noun plural -kinds or -kinder (German -kɪndər)
  1. a child prodigy
  2. a person who is exceptionally successful in his field while still young

Word Origin for wunderkind

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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