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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mon•soonmɒnˈsun(n.)

  1. the seasonal wind of the Indian Ocean and S Asia, blowing from the SW in summer and from the NE in winter.

    Category: Meteorology

  2. (in India and nearby lands) the season during which the SW monsoon blows, commonly marked by heavy rains; rainy season.

    Category: Meteorology

Origin of monsoon:

1575–85; < D monssoen (now obs.) < Pg monção, earlier moução < Ar mawsim season

mon•soon′al(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. monsoon(noun)

    a seasonal wind in southern Asia; blows from the southwest (bringing rain) in summer and from the northeast in winter

  2. monsoon(noun)

    rainy season in southern Asia when the southwestern monsoon blows, bringing heavy rains

  3. monsoon(noun)

    any wind that changes direction with the seasons

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. monsoon(noun)ɒnˈsun

    a period of heavy rain in some parts of Asia

    the monsoon season

Wiktionary

  1. monsoon(Noun)

    Any of a number of winds associated with regions where most rain falls during a particular season.

  2. monsoon(Noun)

    Tropical rainy season when the rain lasts for several months with few interruptions.

  3. monsoon(Noun)

    The rains themselves.

  4. monsoon(Noun)

    Entire meteorological systems with such characteristics.

  5. monsoon(Noun)

    (Arizona) An intense desert thunder storm

  6. Origin: From موسم, from وسم, through monção and moesson. \

Webster Dictionary

  1. Monsoon(noun)

    a wind blowing part of the year from one direction, alternating with a wind from the opposite direction; -- a term applied particularly to periodical winds of the Indian Ocean, which blow from the southwest from the latter part of May to the middle of September, and from the northeast from about the middle of October to the middle of December

Freebase

  1. Monsoon

    Monsoon is traditionally defined as a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation, but is now used to describe seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation associated with the asymmetric heating of land and sea. Usually, the term monsoon is used to refer to the rainy phase of a seasonally-changing pattern, although technically there is also a dry phase. The major monsoon systems of the world consist of the West African and Asia-Australian monsoons. The inclusion of the North and South American monsoons with incomplete wind reversal has been debated. The term was first used in English in British India and neighbouring countries to refer to the big seasonal winds blowing from the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea in the southwest bringing heavy rainfall to the area. The south-west monsoon winds are called 'Nairutya Maarut' in India.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Monsoon

    originally denoted a periodical wind in the Indian Ocean, which blows from SW. from April to October, and from NE. from October to April; now denotes any wind connected with a continent regularly recurring with the seasons.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

monsoon(noun)

a wind that blows in Southern Asia, from the south-west in summer, from the northeast in winter.

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