[pou-er-hous] /ˈpaʊ ərˌhaʊs/

noun, plural powerhouses
[pou-er-hou-ziz for 1;pou-er-hou-siz for 2] /ˈpaʊ ərˌhaʊ zɪz for 1;ˈpaʊ ərˌhaʊ sɪz for 2/ (Show IPA)
Electricity. a generating station.
a person, group, team, or the like, having great energy, strength, or potential for success.
an electrical generating station or plant
(informal) a forceful or powerful person or thing

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



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