monsoon

noun
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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Unsworth cautioned them that flooding from Northern Thailand’s monsoon season can last into winter, raising the possibility that the kids and their guardians would be perched on the cold, dripping slope for five months. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 After 119 days without rain, monsoon season 2018 got in gear as Phoenix was hit hard Monday with more than a half inch at the official rain gauge at Sky Harbor Airport. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Rain in Phoenix 3 days in a row? Yeah, it happens, but not very often," 12 July 2018 Tham Luang Cave, about two miles from the border with Myanmar, is the bed of an underground river that flows during the monsoon season. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "How Rescuers Pulled Off the Impossible in a Treacherous Thai Cave," 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, BostonGlobe.com, "Four boys have been rescued from Thai cave," 9 July 2018 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, latimes.com, "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

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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 \

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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