monsoon

noun
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

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Other Words from monsoon

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

Examples of monsoon in a Sentence

floods caused by summer monsoons

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Ashwini Bhide, managing director of the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. During the monsoon, Mumbai gets more rain in four months than London gets in three years. Corinne Abrams, WSJ, "‘You Have to Actually Cut Open Mumbai’s Belly’—Inside One of the World’s Most Audacious Transit Projects," 6 Jan. 2019 Over 300 people have died in Kerala since the monsoon started in June, including more than 170 since torrential rains began in August. Fox News, "Thousands await rescue amid deadly south Indian floods," 18 Aug. 2018 In Kolkata, a delta city in the east, where summers are sticky and hot anyway, the monsoon is becoming particularly harsh: The city’s June-September heat index climbed by 0.26 degrees Celsius per decade. Somini Sengupta, The Seattle Times, "In India, summer heat could soon be unbearable — literally," 17 July 2018 The country’s dependence on agriculture, which forms a significant part of its economy and employs about 800 million people, cripples water management even further—especially given the unpredictable monsoons. Kamakshi Ayyar, Time, "The Global Water Crisis: Why Are India’s Taps Running Dry?," 6 June 2018 Thanks to some Pacific cold fronts and late summer monsoons, just enough rain bursts come through the region each year, providing the right amount of irrigation for grapes to grow. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Beyond Napa: 7 Emerging American Wine Regions to Visit Now," 29 Aug. 2018 Most people have at least some protection against monsoon landslides. Fox News, "A year later, fractured Rohingya community sees little hope," 24 Aug. 2018 Marine scientists at China’s Guangxi Key Laboratory recently deduced the strength of East Asian winter monsoons over the past 150 years by measuring levels of rare earth elements, such as lanthanum and cerium, in each layer of a Poritescoral core. Elizabeth Svoboda, Scientific American, "Cores from Coral Reefs Hold Secrets of the Seas’ Past and Future," 6 June 2018 The research is meant to improve the models that forecast monsoons, which are vital to water resources, agriculture, ecosystems and human health throughout South Asia. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego's scientists span the globe to unearth new discoveries, solve deepest mysteries," 15 Apr. 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 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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