Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

monsoon

play
noun mon·soon \män-ˈsün, ˈmän-ˌ\

Simple Definition of monsoon

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  a periodic wind especially in the Indian Ocean and southern Asia

  2. 2 :  the season of the southwest monsoon in India and adjacent areas that is characterized by very heavy rainfall

  3. 3 :  rainfall that is associated with the monsoon

mon·soon·al play \-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


MONSOON Defined for Kids

monsoon

play
noun mon·soon \män-ˈsün\

Definition of monsoon

  1. 1 :  a wind in the Indian Ocean and southern Asia that blows from the southwest from April to October and from the northeast from October to April

  2. 2 :  the rainy season that comes with the southwest monsoon




Learn More about monsoon


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up monsoon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 9, 2016

marked by high spirits and laughter

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

pince-nez spindrift duvet kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ