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 What makes a storm a hurricane, a typhoon or a cyclone? New York Times, "Cyclone Amphan Live Updates: Storm Strikes Coast as India and Bangladesh Take Shelter," 20 May 2020 Amphan has weakened slightly since, but the storm is still the equivalent of a strong Category 4 Atlantic hurricane, or a super typhoon in the West Pacific, with winds speeds up to 240 kph (150 mph). Ben Westcott, CNN, "India and Bangladesh brace for the strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal," 19 May 2020 At its peak with 160 mph winds, Hagibis also became the fourth Category 5 hurricane or typhoon in the Northern Hemisphere this week. Fox News, "Super Typhoon Hagibis intensifies at one of the fastest rates on record, may impact Japan by weekend," 9 Oct. 2019 This would be the first time casinos have closed since a typhoon in 2018. Bloomberg.com, "Nike Takes Virus Hit; Gilead Drug Trials Scheduled: Virus Update," 5 May 2020 The economy of Japan, which has reported 840 cases, including 691 from the cruise ship Diamond Princess, shrank 1.6% in the fourth quarter of 2019 as the country was slammed by a sales tax hike and a powerful typhoon. Charles Riley, CNN, "Coronavirus is fast becoming an 'economic pandemic'," 24 Feb. 2020 The Japan Meteorological Agency said Friday that the typhoon was just more than 200 miles off the eastern coast of central Japan, with winds of more than 110 miles per hour at its center. BostonGlobe.com, "The agency said the southeastern Tokai region could receive up to 31 inches of rain in a 24-hour period.," 12 Oct. 2019 Kazuhiro Nogi/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images TOKYO — Japan’s economy has already been staggered by a devastating typhoon and a wallet-shutting tax increase. Ben Dooley, New York Times, "Japan’s Economy Shrank Sharply. Now Comes the Coronavirus.," 10 Mar. 2020 The Japan Meteorological Agency said the typhoon reached the Pacific by late morning, exiting Japan northeast of Tokyo with winds still blowing at 89 miles per hour with gusts up to 123 miles per hour. BostonGlobe.com, "Earlier, Typhoon Lingling lashed the Korean Peninsula, leaving five people dead in North Korea and three dead in South Korea.," 10 Sep. 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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The first known use of typhoon was in 1771

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24 May 2020

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“Typhoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typhoon. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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