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
Recent Examples on the Web Heavy monsoon rains had lashed the Indonesian capital and nearby cities since New Year’s Eve, and the weather agency expects the adverse weather to last until next week. Time, "Jakarta Airport Reopens After Worst Flooding in 7 Years Leaves 16 Dead," 2 Jan. 2020 This year, flooding and landslides, triggered by torrential monsoon rains, swept across India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, leaving devastation in each country and hundreds of deaths. Helen Regan, CNN, "In Asia Pacific the climate crisis is happening now, not in the future," 23 Dec. 2019 That made the 2014 monsoon the seventh wettest on record with 6.34 inches of rain. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Arizona's biggest weather stories of the past 10 years: Heat, floods and dust storms," 30 Dec. 2019 Late monsoons in India, an imbalance in sea temperatures in the Indian Ocean, and strong winds have hampered rainfall in Australia., "Hours after Australia set a record for its warmest day across the continent, with even hotter temperatures in the near forecast, Greg Marshall, a garden designer in Adelaide, said he had found birds of different species gathered on the ground Wednesday, under the shade of trees.," 19 Dec. 2019 With a few years' worth of data, Matthews and his colleagues are hoping to be able to say more about how the timing and intensity of monsoon precipitation impacts Earth's highest glaciers. Maddie Stone, Anchorage Daily News, "World’s highest weather stations reveal intense sunshine may be melting ice on Mount Everest," 13 Dec. 2019 But the changes in the ocean’s heat uptake and transport would make the South Atlantic hotter, shifting the bulk of the planet’s heat southward and disrupting monsoon cycles vital to Asian and South American crops, according to the IPCC. Cheryl Katz, National Geographic, "Why is an ocean current critical to world weather losing steam? Scientists search the Arctic for answers.," 2 Dec. 2019 Since last month, haze blown by monsoon winds from fires in Indonesia has affected nearby countries including the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and parts of southern Thailand, raising concerns about aviation safety and health. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Thai prime minister advises masks against Bangkok smog," 30 Sep. 2019 Worse, as the Washington Post warned, monsoon rains threatened to flood the cave even further. Wired, "Elon Musk on the Stand: ‘Pedo Guy’ Doesn't Mean ‘Pedophile’," 4 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of monsoon was in 1584

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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Monsoon.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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


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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