powerhouse

[ pou-er-hous ]
/ ˈpaʊ ərˌhaʊs /

noun, plural pow·er·hous·es [pou-er-hou-ziz for 1; pou-er-hou-siz for 2] /ˈpaʊ ərˌhaʊ zɪz for 1; ˈpaʊ ərˌhaʊ sɪz for 2/.

Electricity. a generating station.
a person, group, team, or the like, having great energy, strength, or potential for success.

Nearby words

  1. powerboating,
  2. powerbroker,
  3. powered,
  4. powerful,
  5. powerfully,
  6. powerless,
  7. powerlifting,
  8. powerpoint,
  9. powers,
  10. powers that be, the

Origin of powerhouse

First recorded in 1880–85; power + house

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British Dictionary definitions for powerhouse

powerhouse

/ (ˈpaʊəˌhaʊs) /

noun

an electrical generating station or plant
informal a forceful or powerful person or thing
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Word Origin and History for powerhouse

powerhouse

n.

1873, "building where power is generated," from power (n.) + house (n.). Figurative sense is from 1913.

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