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
One starts wondering what's behind Lake County's latest natural disaster after watching a sinkhole form on a Gurnee area road, washed out by monsoon rains totaling more than 7 inches.
The monsoon rains had flooded the region's mountainous roads, making the three-hour journey to the nearest hospital all but impossible.
India relies on two monsoons: the southwestern and the northeastern.
The dry air contributes to the extreme temperatures often experienced late in the month before the onset of monsoon season.
In the Himalayas, rains from the annual monsoon season have also been found to affect quake frequency.
Bangladesh recently entered its monsoon season, which typically lasts from June to October, bringing storms, floods, and heavy rain that make southern hillside communities vulnerable to landslides.
The weather in the area was bad, residents said, with pounding rain typical of the monsoon season that is now enveloping Myanmar.
More than once, the northeast limit of the summer monsoon has moved north, essentially replacing the Sahara with grasslands rich in the kind of wildlife—gazelle, wildebeest, zebra, big cats—whose remains were found in the Irhoud cave.
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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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