wheel·​house | \ ˈ(h)wēl-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce wheelhouse (audio) \
plural wheelhouses

Definition of wheelhouse

1 : pilothouse Looking out at the all-but-empty bay from the wheelhouse of the new 28-foot research boat …— Bill Nemitz He climbed a rickety rope ladder to the ship's deck, then another five flights of stairs to the wheelhouse.— Daniel Machalaba
2 : a place or center of control or leadership (as in an organization) But while there was momentary calm in the wheelhouse, there was still a real question whether anyone was really in command of the administration's foreign-policy machinery.— David Gelman et al.
3 US
a baseball : the section of the strike zone where it is easiest for the batter to hit the ball well The home run came on a 3–2 pitch. [Danny] Graves tried to get Jenkins with a sinker. "It was right in his wheelhouse," Graves said.— John Fay
b : an area that matches a person's skills or expertise … he was right in his wheelhouse—politics is where [Stephen] Colbert soars.— Adam Chitwood

Examples of wheelhouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Luke can tell Casey was happy to do a rock song in her wheelhouse again finally and loves seeing her in her element like that. Maggie Fremont, EW.com, "American Idol recap: Chris Martin mentors the Top 7 on first-ever Coldplay Night," 10 May 2021 Vidon Vineyard’s mission is firmly in Bramlett’s wheelhouse. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Vidon Vineyard makes wine history with hiring of Tiquette Bramlett," 8 May 2021 My reading has been still kind of pandemic staccato and so essays and short fiction have been really my wheelhouse still. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Books We Can’t Stop Talking About Right Now: Women Who Travel Podcast," 28 Apr. 2021 It is inspired by a tough-minded novel by Miriam Toews that's right in the wheelhouse of Polley and her star/producer Frances McDormand. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "7 best works from the next great female director you should know," 28 Apr. 2021 His work there is like a fever dream of disorientation that was also probably in the average voter’s geriatric wheelhouse. New York Times, "What Did That Oscars Show Say About Movies? Our Critics Puzzle It Out.," 26 Apr. 2021 Nuance plays more in the company’s existing corporate technology wheelhouse, with speech recognition and artificial intelligence capabilities targeted at the healthcare market. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Microsoft’s Shopping Spree Isn’t Landing Bargains," 12 Apr. 2021 In the dark, the captain paced back and forth across the wheelhouse. John Mcphee, The New Yorker, "Tabula Rasa," 12 Apr. 2021 As a for-profit business, that will be amazing because there aren’t many certified and audited programs that are in our wheelhouse. Kristin Sharp, Forbes, "Tracking Outcomes Toward Better Apprenticeships," 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of wheelhouse

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wheelhouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheelhouse. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wheelhouse

: an enclosed area on a boat or ship where a person stands to steer

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