A child musical prodigy playing the violin.
An example of a prodigy is chess great Bobby Fisher.
- Rare an extraordinary happening, thought to presage good or evil fortune
- a person, thing, or act so extraordinary as to inspire wonder; specif., a child of highly unusual talent or genius
Origin of prodigyClassical Latin prodigium ; from pro-, before + Old Latin an unverified form agiom, a thing said ; from aio, I say: see adage
- A person with exceptional talents or powers: a math prodigy.
- An act or event so extraordinary or rare as to inspire wonder: “The Spies performed prodigies of activity in clambering over the rooftops and cutting the streamers that fluttered from the chimneys” (George Orwell).
- Archaic A portentous sign or event; an omen.
Origin of prodigyMiddle English prodige, portent, from Latin pr&omacron;digium.
- (now rare) An extraordinary thing seen as an omen; a portent. [from 15th c.]
- An extraordinary occurrence or creature; an anomaly, especially a monster; a freak. [from 16th c.]
- An amazing or marvellous thing; a wonder. [from 17th c.]
- A wonderful example of something. [from 17th c.]
- An extremely talented person, especially a child. [from 17th c.]
Middle English prodige (“portent"), from Latin prÅdigium (“omen, portent, prophetic sign").
prodigy - Computer Definition
An earlier online information service that provided access to the Internet, e-mail and a variety of databases. Launched in 1988, Prodigy was the first consumer-oriented online service in the U.S. and one of the first to offer a graphics-based user interface (GUI) rather than text. The original service used proprietary software, but subsequent improvements produced an all-Internet service that used a Web browser. Founded as a partnership of IBM and Sears, Prodigy was acquired by International Wireless in 1996 and then by SBC Communications in 2001. In 2005, SBC merged with AT&T. See online service.