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monsoon

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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

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