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Saturday, September 16, 2000

Definitions for wunderkind

  1. A child prodigy.
  2. One who achieves great success or acclaim at an early age.

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Citations for wunderkind
It was even written that, at 20, his best days were behind him. He had gone from a wunderkind to an object of sympathy, a hero struggling not to be forgotten. , Times (London)
In the mid-thirties, he became the youngest and best state director of FDR's National Youth Administration, a Texas wunderkind who at age twenty-eight beat several better known opponents for a south-central Texas congressional seat. Robert Dallek, Flawed Giant
Origin of wunderkind
1890-1895
Wunderkind comes from German, from Wunder, "wonder" + Kind, child.