down·​pour ˈdau̇n-ˌpȯr How to pronounce downpour (audio)
: a pouring or streaming downward
especially : a heavy rain

Examples of downpour in a Sentence

the downpour was so heavy that we were soaked by the time we got to the car
Recent Examples on the Web The downpours will become more isolated on Tuesday as the atmospheric river fueling the storms weakens, but some areas still face a considerable flood threat, including Los Angeles, which faces a Level 3 of 4 flood risk on Tuesday. Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 20 Feb. 2024 There’s also a small chance the storm could remain largely over the ocean, bringing less overall rain over Southern California, but that could bring more thunderstorms — and the chance of brief, heavy downpours. Rong-Gong Lin Ii, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Nearly 13,000 Pacific Gas & Electric customers remained without power early Thursday morning across the Bay Area, four days after a potent winter storm lashed the region with high winds and heavy downpours. Jakob Rodgers, The Mercury News, 8 Feb. 2024 County and city emergency crews have been in high gear since last Monday, when a torrential downpour sent floodwaters roaring through homes and businesses across the region. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Feb. 2024 The downpour muddies the water’s surface, but not the joy of sharing a rainy day with gentle giants. Robin Soslow, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Despite the persistent multi-day downpour in LA, Angelenos braved the conditions to uphold their social commitments. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 7 Feb. 2024 The National Weather Service of San Diego previously reported heavy downpours in the area, with possibilities of hail. TIME, 7 Feb. 2024 The most widespread showers will continue to move inland into San Diego County early this morning this morning with brief heavy downpours. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of downpour was in 1801

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“Downpour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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down·​pour -ˌpōr How to pronounce downpour (audio)
: a heavy rain

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