down·​pour | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌpȯr How to pronounce downpour (audio) \

Definition of downpour

: 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 Despite a constant downpour on Friday night, the best track and field athletes battled it out for spots in the state championship meet at Oregon City High School in the district’s championship meet. oregonlive, 14 May 2022 Overall, rain amounts through this somewhat damp weekend shouldn’t amount to much, unless a thunderstorm happens to slowly move a downpour over you. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Villarreal, the town, is a curious place to stage a game of this magnitude: a satellite of nearby Castéllon, more than anything, quiet and refined and, after a day spent under a torrential downpour, almost entirely deserted. New York Times, 3 May 2022 As mentioned, in some conditions—storms, downpour, or any other weather advisories—shelving your run is going to be the best bet. Shauna Harrison, SELF, 26 Apr. 2022 Kate Middleton and Prince William started their first full day in The Bahamas with a special visit to a local school amid a torrential downpour! Simon Perry,, 25 Mar. 2022 Probst knows a downpour looks dramatic and incredible and shows what an ass-kicker Survivor is. Dalton Ross,, 5 May 2022 Even watching a classic south Florida downpour was magical from our 10th-floor balcony. Cori Murray, Essence, 30 Apr. 2022 So far anything that moves through appears to want to be brief, but a downpour can’t be ruled out. Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of downpour

1801, in the meaning defined above

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“Downpour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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down·​pour | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌpȯr How to pronounce downpour (audio) \

Kids Definition of downpour

: a heavy rain

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