What does the word prodigy mean?

Usage examples for prodigy

  1. They had heard that the company was the best ever collected at one time, and that the prima donna was a prodigy of genius. – Cord and Creese by James de Mille
  2. When you go to the Brewsters, you've got to talk all the time about their prodigy son who writes plays. – Skinner's Dress Suit by Henry Irving Dodge
  3. Now a Mahometan of distinction never carries on any trade at all,- it is an unknown thing,- very few Mahometans of any rank carry on any trade at all; but that a Mahometan should carry on a trade in spirits is a prodigy never heard of before; for a woman of quality, for a woman of sentiment, to become a dealer in spirits is, my Lords, a thing reserved for the sentimental age of Mr. Hastings; and I will venture to say that no man or woman could attempt any such a trade in India, without being dishonored, ruined in character, and disgraced by it. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XII. (of XII.) by Edmund Burke