[voon-der-kind, wuhn-; German voon-duhr-kint]
noun, plural wunderkinds German, wunderkinder [voon-duhr-kin-duhr] .
a wonder child or child prodigy.
a person who succeeds, especially in business, at a comparatively early age.

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

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wunderkind (ˈwʌndəˌkɪnd, German ˈvʊndərˌkɪnt)
n , pl -kinds, -kinder
1.  a child prodigy
2.  a person who is exceptionally successful in his field while still young
[C20: German, literally: wonder child]

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Word Origin & History

child prodigy (especially in music), 1891 (G.B. Shaw), from Ger. Wunderkind, lit. "wonder-child."
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Example sentences
Heller's wunderkind editor who spent years whipping the book into shape.
Yet with a few exceptions, this expensive, glitzy wunderkind is indeed worth
  lusting after.
Though the luster of the wunderkind was long gone, the talents he had displayed
  at the outset of his career had matured.
He is considered the musical wunderkind of our time--a pianist prodigy.
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