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 Fujiwhara led several studies in the 1920s regarding typhoon motion, said NOAA meteorologist Neal Dorst. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Facts: Do hurricanes dance to the Fujiwhara effect?," 26 Apr. 2021 Not a single typhoon made landfall during last year’s rainy season, the first time that had happened since 1964. New York Times, "Drought in Taiwan Pits Chip Makers Against Farmers," 8 Apr. 2021 Thick mud and debris coated many villages around the Philippine capital on Friday after a typhoon killed at least 42 people and caused extensive flooding that sent people fleeing to their roofs, officials said. Fox News, "Strong typhoon leaves 42 dead, 20 missing in Philippines," 13 Nov. 2020 A few days ago, a typhoon shaved glass off buildings. Emily Jungmin Yoon, The New Yorker, "Related Matters," 22 Feb. 2021 Vamco followed on the heals of Typhoon Goni, which hit in early November and clocked in as the world’s strongest typhoon so far this year. Washington Post, "Dozens dead and villages submerged days after Typhoon Vamco pummels the Philippines," 14 Nov. 2020 Tomorrow’s typhoon is called Haishen, meaning sea god in Mandarin. Emily Jungmin Yoon, The New Yorker, "Related Matters," 22 Feb. 2021 The quake that summer came just days after the largest typhoon recorded in 25 years struck Japan. Ben Dooley, BostonGlobe.com, "Powerful quake hits Japan, evoking a worrisome memory," 15 Feb. 2021 The typhoon passed north of Manila between Bulacan and Pampanga provinces, toppling trees and knocking out power. Jim Gomez, Star Tribune, "Typhoon-ravaged northeast Philippines pummeled by new storm," 11 Nov. 2020

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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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3 May 2021

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“Typhoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typhoon. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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