typhoon

noun ty·phoon \ tī-ˈfün \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of typhoon

1 : a hurricane occurring especially in the region of the Philippines or the China sea
2 : whirlwind 2a
  • a typhoon of activity

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Origin and Etymology of typhoon

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

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TYPHOON Defined for English Language Learners

typhoon

noun

Definition of typhoon for English Language Learners

  • : an extremely large, powerful, and destructive storm that occurs especially in the region of the Philippines or the China Sea


TYPHOON Defined for Kids

typhoon

noun ty·phoon \ tī-ˈfün \

Definition of typhoon for Students

: a tropical cyclone in the region of the Philippines or the China Sea


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