noun, plural prodigies.
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.

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

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prodigy (ˈprɒdɪdʒɪ)
n , pl -gies
1.  a person, esp a child, of unusual or marvellous talents
2.  anything that is a cause of wonder and amazement
3.  something monstrous or abnormal
4.  an archaic word for omen
[C16: from Latin prōdigium an unnatural happening, from pro-1 + -igium, probably from āio I say]

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Word Origin & History

1494, "sign, portent, something extraordinary from which omens are drawn," from L. prodigium "sign, omen, portent, prodigy," from pro- "forth" + -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 1658.
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Computing Dictionary

Prodigy definition

A commercial on-line conferencing service, co-developed by IBM and Sears, Roebuck, Inc.
Prodigy's main competitors are AOL and Compuserve.

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a child who, by about age 10, performs at the level of a highly trained adult in a particular sphere of activity or knowledge. In this sense, neither high intelligence nor eccentric skills by themselves qualify a child as a prodigy. Rather, it is the capacity to perform in a recognized area of endeavour in such a way as to receive broad acclaim that defines the prodigy. Therefore, individuals who are chess prodigies or "lightning calculators" (those who have a remarkable memory for figures) but who are otherwise mentally or developmentally disabled (such as "idiot savants") are not prodigies.

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Example sentences
For the subtlety and quickness of his understanding, and his penetrating
  genius, he was regarded as a prodigy.
He is considered the musical wunderkind of our time--a pianist prodigy.
The group, meanwhile, had a complicated relationship with the absent prodigy.
Now the eternal student, the perpetual prodigy, has graduated.
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