mon·soon | \män-ˈsün, ˈmän-ˌ\

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 \-ˈsü-nᵊl, -ˌsü- \ adjective

Examples of monsoon in a Sentence

floods caused by summer monsoons

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Chanthawong, the coach who earlier apologized to families in a note for his role leading the children into the caves so close to the monsoon season, was among the last to leave. George Styllis,, "From mission impossible to mission accomplished: Thailand rejoices as last boys rescued from cave," 11 July 2018 Dust storms are common during Arizona's monsoon season, which runs from mid-June to the end of September. CBS News, "Wall of dust, powerful monsoon storms slam Phoenix area," 10 July 2018 Then came the letters carried out by the teams of divers who took oxygen, food and medicine to the boys' refuge as experts pondered whether to dive them out or provision them for months while the monsoon season continues until at least late October. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, Houston Chronicle, "Amid jubilation, 4 more boys rescued from flooded Thai cave," 10 July 2018 The recent rains of the monsoon season has made the rescue more urgent: flooding could seriously endanger the boys and further rescue attempt. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Four Boys Have Been Rescued From Thailand Caves," 8 July 2018 Though workers have been pumping water out of the cave, more heavy rain is expected as monsoon season continues, CNN noted. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Thai Cave Rescuers Face Difficult Conditions," 6 July 2018 The cave system is at least four miles long, and waters can reach depths of 16 feet during the monsoon season which lasts through October. Author: Shibani Mahtani, Anchorage Daily News, "Rescue of Thai youth soccer team trapped in cave could take months, warn officials," 3 July 2018 After peak monsoon season subsides in August, cyclone season begins. Laignee Barron, Time, "Landslides and Flooding Threaten 200,000 Rohingya Refugees as Monsoon Rains Lash Into Bangladesh Camps," 15 June 2018 The monsoon season typically lasts until around October. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "Rohingya 'living on sandcastles' as first monsoon rains hit fragile camps," 11 June 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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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


mon·soon | \män-ˈsün \

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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