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



BrE BrE//taɪˈfuːn//
; NAmE NAmE//taɪˈfuːn//
Natural disasters, Wind
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a violent tropical storm with very strong winds compare cyclone, hurricane See related entries: Natural disasters, Wind Word Originlate 16th cent.: partly via Portuguese from Arabic ṭūfān (perhaps from Greek tuphōn ‘whirlwind’); reinforced by Chinese dialect tai fung ‘big wind’.Extra examples His home was destroyed in a typhoon. The plantation was devastated by a typhoon. Earthquakes, typhoons and other natural disasters are frequent in that part of the Pacific. The hottest time of year coincides with the typhoon season.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: typhoon