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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The airline has become a symbol and a motor of Ethiopia’s ascent from one of the world’s poorest nations to a regional powerhouse. Matina Stevis-gridneff, WSJ, "Crash Puts Spotlight on Ethiopian Airlines, Pride of a Nation," 16 Mar. 2019 McClain, who founded the program in 2015, has guided Heritage from infancy to national powerhouse in four short seasons. Wells Dusenbury, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Western's Michael Fox, Heritage-Delray's Caitlyn Wurzburger earn Mr. and Miss Lacrosse honors," 12 June 2018 The Oregon Ducks football program is hoping to build a pipeline to national powerhouse Mater Dei High School in the 2019 recruiting class. Andrew Nemec, OregonLive.com, "Mase Funa, nation's No. 5 OLB, commits to Oregon Ducks," 21 Apr. 2018 Former East Carolina starting quarterback Gardner Minshew, who committed to Alabama last month, has decided not to go to the SEC powerhouse. Bruce Feldman, SI.com, "East Carolina QB Gardner Minshew Transferring to Washington State Instead of Alabama," 20 Mar. 2018 Teen Vogue: How did growing up with such a fashion powerhouse (your grandmother Diane von Furstenberg) influence your relationship with fashion? Tahirah Hairston, Teen Vogue, "Diane von Furstenberg’s Granddaughter Talita Launches A Capsule Collection," 24 Apr. 2019 The merger would create a media and telecommunications powerhouse, reshaping the landscape of those industries. Author: Cecilia Kang, Anchorage Daily News, "AT&T's Time Warner takeover wins judge's approval in defeat for Justice Department," 12 June 2018 Both countries are service powerhouses, with America exporting services worth $123 billion to Britain and importing $109 billion in 2017. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Britain and the American Option," 2 Jan. 2019 Along with the story insights and laughs, however, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is undeniably a visual powerhouse, with a style unlike any previous comics adaptation. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is dazzling, hilarious, and unique," 14 Dec. 2018

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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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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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