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

Other Words from monsoon

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

Examples of monsoon in a Sentence

floods caused by summer monsoons
Recent Examples on the Web The Niners, meanwhile, will have a shot at redemption after falling to the Chicago Bears on the road in a monsoon. Catena Media, oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2022 Following a brutal first half, the Bears answered with an impressive second-half outing and were able to edge the 49ers as a monsoon descended upon Chicago. Alyssa Barbieri, USA TODAY, 11 Sep. 2022 The decision is aimed at keeping local prices low amid a below-average monsoon that curtailed rice planting. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 8 Sep. 2022 This way if a big monsoon comes, the water is directed to the retention area and doesn’t flow into the arroyo below, which can flood. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 1 Sep. 2022 The Bay Area has generally seen a cool summer thanks to a healthy summer monsoon providing drizzle and cloud cover. Jack Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Aug. 2022 Nearly three hours later, after a seemingly unrelenting monsoon passed over Towson University, play finally began between the United States and Australia at the 2022 World Women’s Lacrosse Championships. Matt Cohen, Baltimore Sun, 2 July 2022 Instead, a monsoon is simply a seasonal wind shift that occurs with relative predictability. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 21 June 2022 That is a significant achievement; more than 1,200 people – almost one-third of them children – have died since the monsoon began at the end of June. Hasan Ali, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Sep. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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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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