noun mon·soon \män-ˈsün, ˈmän-ˌ\

: a wind in the Indian Ocean and southern Asia that brings heavy rains in the summer

: the rainy season that occurs in southern Asia in the summer

: the rain that falls during this season

Full Definition of MONSOON

:  a periodic wind especially in the Indian Ocean and southern Asia
:  the season of the southwest monsoon in India and adjacent areas that is characterized by very heavy rainfall
:  rainfall that is associated with the monsoon
mon·soon·al \-ˈsü-nəl, -ˌsü-\ adjective

Examples of MONSOON

  1. floods caused by summer monsoons

Origin of MONSOON

obsolete Dutch monssoen, from Portuguese monção, from Arabic mawsim time, season
First Known Use: 1584

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms

occlusion, ozone, rime, squall, zephyr


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