ty·​phoon tī-ˈfün How to pronounce typhoon (audio)
: a hurricane occurring especially in the region of the Philippines or the China sea
: whirlwind sense 2a
a typhoon of activity

Examples of typhoon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The vulnerability of communities in hazard-prone areas is a common issue in the Philippines, an archipelago that is racked by such various disasters as earthquakes and typhoons. Regine Cabato, Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2024 The upheaval of protests and the mounting chaos of the women’s stories rise in unison with the typhoon that threatens to engulf the maritime port city. Jireh Deng, Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2024 Eight days into the same gathering, about 40,000 teenage scouts were evacuated ahead of a typhoon. Diana Baptista, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Jan. 2024 His destruction of a village on remote Odo Island resembles a typhoon or a tsunami. Robert Rubsam, New York Times, 4 Jan. 2024 Morning trade in Hong Kong was suspended due to a typhoon, while markets in Japan and South Korea were closed for holidays. David Goldman, CNN, 8 Oct. 2023 Meanwhile, South Korea’s World Scout Jamboree suffered a heat wave that sickened hundreds, followed by a typhoon that forced its evacuation. Philip Sherburne, Pitchfork, 13 Sep. 2023 The typhoon is currently moving westwards at a pace of 9 kilometers (5.59 miles) per hour, and has winds of 144 kph (89.5 mph), according to the weather bureau. Wayne Chang, CNN, 2 Sep. 2023 Hey Ray: What is the difference between cyclones, hurricanes, and typhoons? CBS News, 21 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


alteration (influenced by Chin — Guangdong — daaih-fùng, from daaih big + fùng wind) of earlier touffon, from Arabic ṭūfān hurricane, from Greek typhōn violent storm

First Known Use

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of typhoon was in 1771

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Cite this Entry

“Typhoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typhoon. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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ty·​phoon tī-ˈfün How to pronounce typhoon (audio)
: a hurricane occurring in the region of the Philippines or the China Sea
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