Definition of tsunami in English:


Line breaks: tsu|nami
Pronunciation: /tsuːˈnɑːmi

noun (plural same or tsunamis)

  • 1A long, high sea wave caused by an earthquake or other disturbance: the loss of human lives from this latest tsunami is staggering
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    • In the days since tsunami struck, newspaper reportage suggests a growing acknowledgement that disaster affects different groups of people differently.
    • Hollywood celebrities have donated large sums of money to survivors of the tsunami disaster, via some of the big relief agencies that are currently working in South Asia.
    • More than a million children have lost their families in the tsunami.
  • 1.1An arrival or occurrence of something in overwhelming quantities or amounts: a tsunami of data pours into the CNBC newsroom every minute of every trading day
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    • Talk to teachers today, and you'll hear about their struggle to cope with a veritable tsunami of students pouring into school each year.
    • Amid the tsunami of indignant emails were a couple of noteworthy contributions.
    • Disappointed customers unleashed a tsunami of emails asking, nay begging, for another chance to secure a bargain.


late 19th century: from Japanese, from tsu 'harbour' + nami 'wave'.

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