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
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.
Meet Me Monday Meet Me Monday is a free weekly family-friendly walk/run program that meets every Monday year-round (rain, shine, holidays, monsoons, malaise, whatever), co-hosted by Saint Alphonsus and Bandanna Running & Walking.
Mudslides have become common during Sri Lanka’s summer monsoon season as forests across the tropical nation have been cleared for export crops such as tea and rubber.
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.
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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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