Definition: Monsoon

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From Portuguese monção and Dutch moesson, from Arabic مَوْسِم‎ (mawsim, “season”), from وَسَمَ‎ (wasama, “to mark, to brand”)


monsoon (plural monsoons)

  1. Any of a number of winds associated with regions where most rain falls during a particular season.
  2. Tropical rainy season when the rain lasts for several months with few interruptions.
  3. The rains themselves.
  4. Entire meteorological systems with such characteristics.

Derived terms

  • monsoon season


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