What a hurricane is to the United States, a typhoon is to South Pacific and Asian nations. It's a giant, rotating storm that brings awesome wind, rain, and destruction.
One thing that makes typhoons like hurricanes—aside from intense weather—is that we give them names. Why? That's a discussion for another day. If you're having a hard time recalling the meaning of typhoon, try this silliness: "The typhoon knocked out all the power. I cannot use the telephoon." You can also remind yourself that typhoon rhymes with another form of harsh weather, the monsoon.