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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This is the second extreme rainfall event this monsoon after the one in early July . Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Incredible scenes from India’s financial capital that’s drowning in rainwater—yet again," 5 Sep. 2019 Arizona is the state that typically receives the brunt of the monsoon’s moisture and energy. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "No monsoon, big problem: Parts of Colorado back in drought again," 3 Sep. 2019 Two hundred years of colonial culture soaked Vietnam like a heavy monsoon. Jim Kempton, Orange County Register, "Follow the French: A look at the French influence on cuisine around the world," 2 Aug. 2019 Tommy Fleetwood would seem to be the only challenger with a reasonable chance to chase down Lowry, although Brooks Koepka is hoping for a Irish monsoon that might spark him from seven shots back. Tim Bielik,, "British Open 2019: Live leaderboard, tee times and streaming info for Round 4," 21 July 2019 Her great-grandfather would sell the sardine puffs on the street after a monsoon. Justin Phillips,, "San Francisco’s new Malaysian restaurant, Mahila, is a chef’s ode to childhood and mamak culture," 13 June 2019 The Steelers offense looked bad in a monsoon in the Browns tie. The Mmqb Staff,, "The MMQB Staff's Favorite Week 3 Bets Against the Spread," 20 Sep. 2018 Raincoats, because another thing no one told us is that every summer in the American West, there is a monsoon. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "What They Don't Tell You About Cross-Country Family Road Trips," 23 July 2018 Under monsoon rains on August 18th crowds in signature black T-shirts called for universal suffrage in central Hong Kong’s biggest park. The Economist, "The turmoil in Hong Kong stems in part from its unaffordable housing," 22 Aug. 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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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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