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
Recent Examples on the Web The Southwest has been parched since a disappointing monsoon season last year and essentially a no-show this year. Paul Duginski, Star Tribune, "No relief from wildfires in West," 16 Oct. 2020 This summer, when the monsoon rains failed to materialize, the river dropped to some of its lowest levels on record. Ian James, The Arizona Republic, "Efforts to sustain Verde River get a boost with $1.2 million grant," 11 May 2016 The summer of 2020 was one of the driest monsoon seasons across the state. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "The weekend may bring cooler weather to Phoenix area," 5 Oct. 2020 The spring’s clay liner is leaking from several cracks, officials said, and a lack of monsoon rains this summer has left the oasis with its lowest water levels in at least a decade. Washington Post, "Trump administration in an all-out push to build border wall before election," 29 Sep. 2020 With the monsoon rains ending, the season for the ritual appreciation of ancestors is under way in Nepal. Krishna Pokharel, WSJ, "Tradition Clashes With Zoom Over How to Properly Honor Your Ancestors," 15 Sep. 2020 As India’s parliament resumed its monsoon session on Sept. 14, the central government was faced with a volley of questions about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on various aspects of the economy. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "A list of things the Modi government says it has no data on," 17 Sep. 2020 One of the main indicators for the ongoing heat out West is the continuation of this summer's weak monsoon, the CPC noted. Tyler Mauldin, CNN, "Record cold temperatures and a rare September snow arrive this week," 6 Sep. 2020 They were driven by the monsoon winds across the Indian Ocean to India and China, as well as to Arabia and Persia. National Geographic, "This abandoned East African city once controlled the medieval gold trade," 3 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of monsoon was in 1584

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20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Monsoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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 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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