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
Recent Examples of typhoon from the Web
In the global news cycle, a bombing in Baghdad or a Taliban strike in Kabul is like a typhoon in the Pacific or a Sean Spicer gaffe.
Eight times during the two-week war game, individual German Typhoons flew against single F-22s in basic fighter maneuvers meant to simulate a close-range dogfight.
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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
First Known Use: 1771See Words from the same year
TYPHOON Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of typhoon for Students
: a tropical cyclone in the region of the Philippines or the China Sea
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