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

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Jiangmen, the Guangdong city where the typhoon made landfall, estimated financial losses would exceed $270 million. John Lyons, WSJ, "A Search for Survivors as Typhoon Mangkhut Cleanup Begins," 17 Sep. 2018 The quake came on the heels of a typhoon that lifted heavy trucks off their wheels and triggered major flooding in western Japan, and damaged the main airport near Osaka and Kobe. Fox News, "Japan quake toll up to 16 as rescuers dig through landslides," 6 Sep. 2018 What was left of a typhoon earlier in the week added to water levels. Ken Moritsugu, The Seattle Times, "Deadly month: Japan’s weather-related deaths top 300 in July," 30 July 2018 Two powerful earthquakes rocked Japan within 20 minutes of each other early Thursday, just over a day after a typhoon in the country left at least six people dead. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Japan rocked by 2 earthquakes after typhoon," 5 Sep. 2018 Japan was hit by a powerful typhoon in September, causing Osaka airport to close for more than a week. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Shiseido’s Beauty May Prove Fleeting," 8 Nov. 2018 After months of heatwaves and flooding, a severe typhoon hit the entire country and was followed by a 6.7 magnitude earthquake. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: If you voted in North Carolina, ICE wants to see your records," 8 Sep. 2018 The closure of Hokkaido’s main airport following the quake is another blow to Japan’s booming tourism industry after Kansai airport, near Osaka, was shuttered on Tuesday due to the country’s worst typhoon in 25 years. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Powerful Quake Hits Northern Japanese Island of Hokkaido," 5 Sep. 2018 House lawmakers voted on Wednesday on a bill that would reopen the government until Feb. 8 and provide $12.14 billion in disaster relief to help people affected by recent hurricanes, typhoons, wildfires and other natural disasters. Michael C. Bender, WSJ, "Pelosi Asks Trump to Delay State of the Union Address," 16 Jan. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of typhoon

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


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

Kids Definition of typhoon

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

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