monsoon

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noun mon·soon \män-ˈsün, ˈmän-ˌ\

Definition of monsoon

  1. 1 :  a periodic wind especially in the Indian Ocean and southern Asia

  2. 2 :  the season of the southwest monsoon in India and adjacent areas that is characterized by very heavy rainfall

  3. 3 :  rainfall that is associated with the monsoon

monsoonal

play \-ˈsü-nəl, -ˌsü-\ adjective

Examples of monsoon in a Sentence

  1. floods caused by summer monsoons

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Origin and Etymology of monsoon

obsolete Dutch monssoen, from Portuguese monção, from Arabic mawsim time, season

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MONSOON Defined for English Language Learners

monsoon

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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

monsoon

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noun mon·soon \män-ˈsün\

Definition of monsoon for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  the rainy season that comes with the southwest monsoon



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