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wunderkind

[voo n-der-kind, wuhn-; German voo n-duh r-kint] /ˈvʊn dərˌkɪnd, ˈwʌn-; German ˈvʊn dərˌkɪnt/
noun, plural wunderkinds German, wunderkinder
[voo n-duh r-kin-duh r] /ˈvʊn dərˌkɪn dər/ (Show IPA)
1.
a wonder child or child prodigy.
2.
a person who succeeds, especially in business, at a comparatively early age.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < German, equivalent to Wunder wonder + Kind child
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British Dictionary definitions for wunderkind

wunderkind

/ˈwʌndəˌkɪnd; German ˈvʊndərˌkɪnt/
noun (pl) -kinds, -kinder (German) (-kɪndər)
1.
a child prodigy
2.
a person who is exceptionally successful in his field while still young
Word Origin
C20: German, literally: wonder child
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Word Origin and History for wunderkind
n.

child prodigy (especially in music), 1891 (G.B. Shaw), from German Wunderkind, literally "wonder-child."

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