\ ˈdrau̇t How to pronounce drought (audio) \
variants: or less commonly drouth \ ˈdrau̇th How to pronounce drouth (audio) \

Definition of drought

1 : a period of dryness especially when prolonged specifically : one that causes extensive damage to crops or prevents their successful growth resistant to drought
2 : a prolonged or chronic shortage or lack of something expected or desired a drought of creativity

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Other Words from drought

droughtiness \ ˈdrau̇-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce droughtiness (audio) \ noun
droughty \ ˈdrau̇-​tē \ adjective

Examples of drought in a Sentence

The drought caused serious damage to crops. a period of drought that lasted several years
Recent Examples on the Web Driven in part by a severe drought, fires have burned 1.65 million hectares in the state of New South Wales, more than the state’s total in the previous 3 years combined. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, "Massive Australian blazes will ‘reframe our understanding of bushfire’," 20 Nov. 2019 Unprecedented bushfires are ravaging parts of eastern Australia rendered tinderbox dry by a two-year drought. Julian Lee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Fires and Floods Make Saudi Aramco IPO a Hard Sell," 17 Nov. 2019 The kindling was laid by the drought that has been ravaging eastern Australia for two years. The Economist, "Unprecedented Australian bushfires stoke a debate about climate change," 16 Nov. 2019 This is an amazing bean that can withstand and even prosper in the most extreme heat and drought. New York Times, "Sean Sherman’s 10 Essential Native American Recipes," 7 Nov. 2019 Pass legislation to build Newton’s climate resiliency because climate change is bringing extreme weather in the form of extreme heat, drought and flooding. BostonGlobe.com, "A copy of Ocasio Giuliani’s written opinion is," 4 Nov. 2019 This is likely an early stage, a test run of Europe’s ability to deal with the many millions who will almost certainly be forced from their homes by drought, desertification, and rising seas before the century’s end. Ben Ehrenreich, The New Republic, "Inside the effort to rescue Europe’s unwelcome immigrants," 17 Oct. 2019 The structure, of which there are approximately 150 stones, is back on dry land due to record heat and drought in Europe. Fox News, "'Spanish Stonehenge' revealed after spending decades underwater," 24 Sep. 2019 Scientists say climate change is lengthening wildfire seasons and increasing the heat and drought that can fuel the blazes. Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, "Bernie Sanders talks about ‘silver linings’ and his climate change plan in fire-devastated town," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of drought

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for drought

Middle English, from Old English drūgath, from drūgian to dry up; akin to Old English drȳge dry — more at dry

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The first known use of drought was before the 12th century

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23 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Drought.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drought. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of drought

: a long period of time during which there is very little or no rain


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Kids Definition of drought

: a long period of time during which there is very little or no rain

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