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

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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.
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Because of its national program bolstering scientific education in universities, China is now a powerhouse for high-tech research. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need to Know About the South China Sea, the World's Next Hot Spot," 27 Feb. 2019 Through her family history, Ms. de Sarzana can look back at a Sicily that was an economic powerhouse in preindustrial, pre-unification Italy, producing grain for export on its vast estates. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Luxury Homeowners Discover the Delight of Sicily Living," 20 Dec. 2018 Moments before, the Mexican men's national soccer team had scored a goal against powerhouse Germany in their group-stage match in the World Cup in Moscow. Author: Kirk Semple, Paulina Villegas, Anchorage Daily News, "Mexico’s World Cup defeat of Germany might have been earthshaking – literally," 18 June 2018 An extraordinary sense of elation swept over Mexico, and a lot of Los Angeles, on Sunday with the national soccer team’s stunning 1-0 victory in the World Cup tournament against powerhouse Germany, the reigning champion. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Essential California: A new era for the L.A. Times," 18 June 2018 Moments before, the Mexican men’s national soccer team had scored a goal against powerhouse Germany in their group-stage match in the World Cup in Moscow. New York Times, "Did Mexico’s Revelry in World Cup Win Over Germany Cause an Earthquake?," 17 June 2018 Brü Craft & Wurst Brü has 39 beers on tap and offers hearty German plates, making it a great spot to check out when soccer powerhouse Germany takes the field. Bethany Ao, Philly.com, "Where to watch the World Cup in Philadelphia," 14 June 2018 Europe has great potential, but powerhouse Germany is starting to falter. Gary Shapiro, Fortune, "Will Trump Help the U.S. Return to Economic Prosperity?," 5 June 2018 Since experiencing the apparent overdose in July 2018, the powerhouse singer has reportedly put a lot of effort into recovery, and has had full support from her family, including her mother Dianna De La Garza and her younger sister Madison. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Demi Lovato Posted a Gym Selfie About Her "Jiu Jitsu Hair" on Instagram," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of powerhouse

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of powerhouse

: a group of people or an organization that has a lot of power
: a person, team, etc., that has a lot of energy, strength, and skill
chiefly US : someone or something that is full of a particular thing


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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