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wunderkind

[ voon-der-kind, wuhn-; German voon-duhr-kint ]
/ ˈvʊn dərˌkɪnd, ˈwʌn-; German ˈvʊn dərˌkɪnt /
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noun, plural wun·der·kinds, German wun·der·kin·der [voon-duhr-kin-duhr]. /ˈvʊn dərˌkɪn dər/.

a wonder child or child prodigy.
a person who succeeds, especially in business, at a comparatively early age.

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Origin of wunderkind

1890–95; <German, equivalent to Wunderwonder + Kind child

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British Dictionary definitions for wunderkind

wunderkind
/ (ˈwʌndəˌkɪnd, German ˈvʊndərˌkɪnt) /

noun plural -kinds or -kinder (German -kɪndər)

a child prodigy
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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