Definition of tsunami in English:


Syllabification: tsu·na·mi
Pronunciation: /(t)so͞oˈnämē

noun (plural same or tsunamis)

1A long high sea wave caused by an earthquake, submarine landslide, or other disturbance.
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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 'harbor' + nami 'wave'.

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