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

Definition of downpour

: a pouring or streaming downward especially : a heavy rain

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Examples of downpour in a Sentence

the downpour was so heavy that we were soaked by the time we got to the car

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Obscured a bit in the downpour of 3s was the fact that Villanova also forced 12 turnovers, took charges, blocked five shots and shook Kansas out of its game. Zach Schonbrun, New York Times, "Villanova Rolls Over Kansas to Reach Its Second N.C.A.A. Final in Three Seasons," 31 Mar. 2018 Under a light and steady downpour of rain, marchers met Saturday at the Indiana Statehouse to call for President Donald Trump's impeachment. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Marchers call for Trump's impeachment in solidarity with People's March on Washington," 27 Jan. 2018 Kickoff of the first leg, for instance, had to be delayed by 23 hours due to a biblical downpour in Buenos Aires. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Last Outpost of Pure Soccer Mayhem," 23 Nov. 2018 Narrowly avoiding a raging downpour, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcomed King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain to tea at the White House Tuesday. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "The Trumps host Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia for tea at White House," 19 June 2018 And all the while, the dark legal cloud hanging over her family is threatening to unleash a downpour. The Washington Post,, "'Where is Ivanka?' First daughter seeks control in dual role as White House adviser," 12 Mar. 2018 After the first leg—which kicked off 23 hours late due to biblical downpours—ended 2-2, the outcome depended entirely on the second leg. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "South America’s Soccer Final Postponed for Second Time," 25 Nov. 2018 During a weekend show in Sydney, Australia, Taylor didn't let a downpour rain on her concert parade. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Removed Her Fake Eyelashes During a Sydney Concert," 5 Nov. 2018 Although Michael will produce heavy rain showers, the storm's accelerating forward movement should allow those downpours to move through and not over-saturate most areas. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Michael is now a major hurricane, and it may get a bit stronger," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of downpour

1801, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of downpour was in 1801

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English Language Learners Definition of downpour

: a sudden heavy rain


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

Kids Definition of downpour

: a heavy rain

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