Definition of tempest noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtempɪst//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtempɪst//
(formal or literary)
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  • a violent storm The screaming tempest whipped into the house, hurling furniture across the room.
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French tempeste, from Latin tempestas ‘season, weather, storm’, from tempus ‘time, season’.Idioms
    a tempest in a teapot (North American English) (British English a storm in a teacup)
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    a lot of anger or worry about something that is not important
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tempest