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 Bareilles, who has years of concert experience, finds this entirely in her wheelhouse. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 11 July 2022 While not in my normal entrepreneurial wheelhouse, I was recently asked to mediate a divorce. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 June 2022 Nadal favors playing during the day, when the weather is warmer, and the ball bounces high off the clay, right into his wheelhouse, and flies off his racket. New York Times, 29 May 2022 Outside, the main deck offers an outdoor lounge, bar and dining area, while the sun deck sports a sprawling infinity pool, Jacuzzi and the wheelhouse. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 7 June 2022 Tucked in the wheelhouse, Warren, also a right whale research assistant, charted a course along the shoals, monitoring the weather and coordinating with colleagues in a plane overhead spying for whales from the sky. Dino Grandoni, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Apr. 2022 It’s a lock-on style combat system that’s roughly in the Dark Souls wheelhouse, though not as difficult. Erik Kain, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 In the same visit, the Bros try their hand at some of the strongman exercises which sit well and truly in Bjornsson's wheelhouse, including Atlas stones and frame carries, followed by 20 minutes in a sauna, and finally, five minute in an ice bath. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 18 May 2022 Creativity is certainly her wheelhouse, as sis is good at so many things simultaneously. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 Aug. 2022.

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