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
monsoonalplay \-ˈsü-nəl, -ˌsü-\ adjective
Examples of monsoon in a Sentence
floods caused by summer monsoons
Recent Examples of monsoon from the Web
Mudslides have become common during Sri Lanka’s summer monsoon season as forests across the tropical Indian Ocean island nation have been cleared for export crops such as tea and rubber.
For centuries, the indigenous Kachin people here in Myanmar’s remote north planted rice when the lake flooded their fields during the monsoon, fished its waters and hunted its wetlands and the surrounding mountains.
Mudslides are common during the monsoon season in Sri Lanka.
The monsoon rains are the the worst to hit Sri Lanka since 2003.
Mudslides have become common during the monsoon season in Sri Lanka, a tropical Indian Ocean island nation, as land has been heavily deforested to grow export crops such as tea and rubber.
Mudslides have become common during the monsoon season in the tropical Indian Ocean island as land has been heavily deforested to grow export crops such as tea and rubber.
Floods and mudslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains in western and southern Sri Lanka left at least 91 dead and 110 missing, the government said Friday.
The plastic box is ruggedized, designed for monsoon seasons and hot, dusty environments.
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Origin and Etymology of monsoon
obsolete Dutch monssoen, from Portuguese monção, from Arabic mawsim time, season
First Known Use: 1584See Words from the same year
MONSOON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of monsoon for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of monsoon for Students
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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