monsoon

noun
mon·​soon | \ män-ˈsün How to pronounce monsoon (audio) , ˈmän-ˌsün\

Definition of monsoon

1 : a periodic wind especially in the Indian Ocean and southern Asia
2 : the season of the southwest monsoon in India and adjacent areas that is characterized by very heavy rainfall
3 : rainfall that is associated with the monsoon

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Other Words from monsoon

monsoonal \ män-​ˈsü-​nᵊl How to pronounce monsoonal (audio) , ˈmän-​ˌsü-​ \ adjective

Examples of monsoon in a Sentence

floods caused by summer monsoons

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Thanks to some Pacific cold fronts and late summer monsoons, just enough rain bursts come through the region each year, providing the right amount of irrigation for grapes to grow. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Beyond Napa: 7 Emerging American Wine Regions to Visit Now," 29 Aug. 2018 Most people have at least some protection against monsoon landslides. Fox News, "A year later, fractured Rohingya community sees little hope," 24 Aug. 2018 Marine scientists at China’s Guangxi Key Laboratory recently deduced the strength of East Asian winter monsoons over the past 150 years by measuring levels of rare earth elements, such as lanthanum and cerium, in each layer of a Poritescoral core. Elizabeth Svoboda, Scientific American, "Cores from Coral Reefs Hold Secrets of the Seas’ Past and Future," 6 June 2018 The research is meant to improve the models that forecast monsoons, which are vital to water resources, agriculture, ecosystems and human health throughout South Asia. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego's scientists span the globe to unearth new discoveries, solve deepest mysteries," 15 Apr. 2018 The city's main library was devastated by a flood last monsoon. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Sneak peek: Renovated Burton Barr library set to reopen after flood damage," 13 June 2018 The project started when co-author Ardian Jusufi, then a postdoc in the lab of University of California, Berkeley biophysicist Robert Full, was doing field work in Singapore during monsoon season. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Geckos’ new superpower is running on water; now we know how they do it," 6 Dec. 2018 The weather ranges from the high 70s to low 90s pretty much year-round; however, September and October are the tail end of monsoon season (think 15 to 18 days of rain per month), so try to schedule your trip for afterwards. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to Bangkok from $462 Round-Trip," 22 Aug. 2018 If weather forecasts are correct, access to the cave could soon close again due to flooding from seasonal monsoon rains. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Thai soccer team rescue might need to happen sooner than expected, experts warn," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of monsoon

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for monsoon

obsolete Dutch monssoen, from Portuguese monção, from Arabic mawsim time, season

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monsoon

noun

English Language Learners 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

monsoon

noun
mon·​soon | \ män-ˈsün How to pronounce monsoon (audio) \

Kids Definition of monsoon

1 : a wind in the Indian Ocean and southern Asia that blows from the southwest from April to October and from the northeast from October to April
2 : the rainy season that comes with the southwest monsoon

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