land·​fall | \ ˈlan(d)-ˌfȯl How to pronounce landfall (audio) \

Definition of landfall

1 : a sighting of land after a voyage or flight
2 : a reaching of land (as by a traveler, craft, or storm)
3 : the land first sighted on a voyage or flight

Examples of landfall in a Sentence

From the deck of the boat, we saw our first landfall.
Recent Examples on the Web Cristobal made landfall on Sunday evening around 5 p.m. local time, between the mouth of the Mississippi River and Grand Isle, Louisiana. Jennifer Gray, CNN, "Tropical Depression Cristobal moves inland, but the flooding threat is far from over," 8 June 2020 The latter two made a direct landfall on US soil; Bertha in South Carolina, and Cristobal in Louisiana. Allison Chinchar, CNN, "Records have already been broken, and hurricane season just started," 14 June 2020 Cristobal first made landfall at 5 p.m. CDT on Sunday with maximum sustained winds of near 50 mph. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "Tropical Depression Cristobal Could Bring Flash Flooding, Tornadoes Across the U.S. (Video)," 8 June 2020 Accuweather Tropical Storm Cristobal swirled closer to the U.S. Gulf Coast on Sunday and was expected to make landfall later in the day with flooding downpours, dangerous storm surge and blustery winds. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, "Tropical Storm Cristobal path moving closer to Gulf Coast; landfall expected today," 7 June 2020 Tropical Storm Cristobal was on a path to make landfall in Louisiana later today (Sunday). Leigh Morgan, al, "Watch Tropical Storm Cristobal 2020 on path for landfall from these webcams," 7 June 2020 Isolated tornadoes also will be a concern, especially east of where Cristobal’s center eventually makes landfall. Fox News, "Cristobal now a tropical depression, center moving into Gulf of Mexico," 5 June 2020 India’s financial capital escaped the worst as businesses remained unaffected after a severe cyclonic storm weakened following its landfall near Mumbai, a city that’s emerged as the country’s hotspot for the virus outbreak. Pratik Parija,, "Mumbai Escapes With Limited Damage as Weakened Storm Hits Coast," 4 June 2020 Tropical Storm Cristobal made landfall on Wednesday in Mexico's Campeche state, hitting the region with heavy rains and flooding expected to continue through Thursday. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "10 things you need to know today: June 4, 2020," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of landfall

1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Jul 2020

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“Landfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of landfall

: the land that is first seen or reached after a journey by sea or air

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