ty·​phoon | \ tī-ˈfün How to pronounce typhoon (audio) \

Definition of typhoon

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

Examples of typhoon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Heat is not the only culprit: in 2017, Vietnam had to close more than 325 schools in four provinces for nine days after a cyclone, and in 2015, a typhoon in the Philippines shuttered 803 schools for two weeks. Ciara Nugent, Time, 6 May 2022 La Niña conditions tend to increase hurricane activity in the Atlantic, but decrease hurricane/typhoon activity in the Pacific basin, according to Klotzbach. Caitlin Kaiser And Jennifer Gray, CNN, 7 Apr. 2022 On a return visit to Japan, a typhoon rages while Dawn — now married to Nadeem and still a secret from his parents — makes clear over Skype that her patience has worn thin. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Mar. 2022 Then another dish, whose recipe was created with the musician Solange, arrives: typhoon shelter shrimp fried rice, with garlic and scallions and bright red tobiko for an extra umami crunch. New York Times, 8 Mar. 2022 Rai, the 15th typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, made landfall Thursday on Siargao Island, packing winds of up to 160 mph and bringing with it heavy rains. Andrew Torgan, CNN, 21 Dec. 2021 The season’s eighth typhoon for Japan blew ashore far northeast of Tokyo and had winds of 65 kilometers per hour (40 mph) at midmorning. Chisato Tanaka, ajc, 28 July 2021 The alpine highway, which was popular with tourists as well as locals due to its route through rural, scenic parts of the island, was devastated by a typhoon in 2009. Wayne Chang, CNN, 5 May 2022 The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the government’s primary disaster-response agency, said more than 370,000 people were affected by the typhoon. Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of typhoon

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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2 Jul 2022

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“Typhoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typhoon. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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ty·​phoon | \ tī-ˈfün How to pronounce typhoon (audio) \

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


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