thun·​der·​storm ˈthən-dər-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce thunderstorm (audio)
: a storm accompanied by lightning and thunder

Examples of thunderstorm in a Sentence

There are thunderstorms in the forecast. The weather service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning.
Recent Examples on the Web There could be clusters of thunderstorms, some of which have supercell characteristics. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 4 June 2024 Chance of lightning increases as a thunderstorm approaches and peaks when the storm is overhead. Star-Telegram Bot, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 3 June 2024 During a La Niña, rising moist air along the equator in the western Pacific is enhanced, juicing up thunderstorm activity. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 1 June 2024 The Houston area is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 6 p.m. local time. Daniel Amarante, ABC News, 1 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for thunderstorm 

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Word History

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thunderstorm was in 1652

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“Thunderstorm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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thun·​der·​storm -ˌstȯ(ə)rm How to pronounce thunderstorm (audio)
: a storm accompanied by lightning and thunder
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