pow·​er·​house | \ ˈpau̇(-ə)r-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce powerhouse (audio) \

Definition of powerhouse

b : a source of influence or inspiration
2 : one having great power: such as
a : one having great drive, energy, or ability a powerhouse rock band
b : an athletic team characterized by strong aggressive play

Examples of powerhouse in a Sentence

The country is an economic powerhouse. Their company became a powerhouse in the video game industry. She's a powerhouse on the tennis court. This year's team is a powerhouse that's winning its games easily. Seaweed is a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. He is a powerhouse of ideas. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Over the past 14 years since the very generous credits were passed, the industry has become a powerhouse in the state. Rodney Ho, ajc, 30 Mar. 2022 The nation that was once a gas exporter and aspired to become a shale powerhouse will struggle to compete with other avid LNG buyers in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Jonathan Gilbert, Bloomberg.com, 28 Mar. 2022 Seventy-two years after the launch of Peanuts and more than 20 years after cartoonist Charles Schulz’s death in 2000, his beloved comic strip has become a full-on fashion powerhouse. Rory Satran, WSJ, 14 Feb. 2022 Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Benji and Joel Madden’s Veeps has become a livestreaming powerhouse, hosting online shows for artists including Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Brandi Carlile. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 26 Jan. 2022 That Mom’s-basement gathering has grown to become a powerhouse of charitable giving in the region. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 Mater Dei and its football team have become a fundraising powerhouse, raking in millions of dollars from Orange County’s donor class and from a range of private companies, including a clean energy firm and a local rib joint. Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2021 Meanwhile, Discovery+, the standalone streaming outlet launched by the former Discovery in 2020 and 2021, has not been seen as a powerhouse by media buyers on Madison Avenue. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 19 Apr. 2022 While overshadowed by Russia’s role as an energy powerhouse, Russia’s seafood industry has increasingly been flexing its own muscle with strong support from the Kremlin. Joshua Goodman, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of powerhouse

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of powerhouse was in 1870

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10 May 2022

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“Powerhouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/powerhouse. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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pow·​er·​house | \ ˈpau̇-ər-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce powerhouse (audio) \

Kids Definition of powerhouse

2 : a person or thing having unusual strength or energy

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