1848, coined by British East India Company official Henry Piddington to describe the devastating storm of December 1789 in Coringa, India; irregularly formed from Greek kyklon "moving in a circle, whirling around," present participle of kykloun "move in a circle, whirl," from kyklos "circle" (see cycle (n.)). Applied to tornados from 1856.
1. An exceptionally violent cyclone hit the town last night.
2. A tropical cyclone brought heavy rain to the country last week.
3. In 1974 Darwin was devastated by Cyclone Tracy.
4. The cyclone brought misery to thousands of people.
5. A cyclone in the Bay of Bengal is threatening the eastern Indian states.