pi·​lot·​house ˈpī-lət-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce pilothouse (audio)
: a deckhouse for a ship's helmsman containing the steering wheel, compass, and navigating equipment

Examples of pilothouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pilothouse isn’t the only singular feature on the 82, either. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 5 July 2024 Reports indicate he was last seen near its pilothouse, waving at the Collingwood, minutes before his ship vanished into the lake. Apress, Hartford Courant, 13 June 2024 Forward on this level is Grateful’s pilothouse, also defined in designer Poltrona Frau leather in light and navy blue. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2024 Just minutes before the SS Arlington went down, Burke was seen near the ship's pilothouse waving at the Collingwood, according to reports from the time of the wreck. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 According to the shipwreck society, Burke was reportedly near the pilothouse of his ship and even waved at the Collingwood minutes before his ship plunged 650 feet to the bottom of Lake Superior. Stephen Smith, CBS News, 14 Feb. 2024 Turkish builder Mazu Yachts is best known for custom chase boats for superyachts, including a 38-footer, 52-footer, and even an 82-footer with a bulletproof pilothouse. Christopher King, Robb Report, 2 Jan. 2024 The forward section pairs with a vertical windshield in the pilothouse to create a profile that is imposing, more like a commercial vessel than a yacht. Christopher King, Robb Report, 2 Jan. 2024 Adjacent to the master is a small pilothouse, yet this area is only used for monitoring the yacht’s systems rather than steering the vessel. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 8 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pilothouse was in 1842

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“Pilothouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pilothouse. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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pi·​lot·​house ˈpī-lət-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce pilothouse (audio)
: an enclosed place for the helmsman of a ship that contains the steering and navigating equipment
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