The definition of a monsoon is a seasonal, intense wind that blows from the southwest from April to October and from the northeast at other time of the year in parts of Asia, creating heavy rainstorms.
An example of a monsoon is a storm that causes heavy flooding and extreme wind damage.
- a seasonal wind of the Indian Ocean and S Asia, blowing from the southwest from April to October, and from the northeast during the rest of the year
- the season during which this wind blows from the southwest, characterized by heavy rains
- any wind that reverses its direction seasonally or blows constantly between land and adjacent water
Origin of monsoonMiddle Dutch monssoen ; from Portuguese monção ; from Arabic mausim, a time, a season
- A wind system that influences large climatic regions and reverses direction seasonally.
- A wind from the southwest or south that brings heavy rainfall to southern Asia in the summer.
- A similar seasonal wind, as in the southwest United States, that brings increased rainfall.
- The rain that comes with any of these winds or wind systems.
Origin of monsoonObsolete Dutch monssoen, from Portuguese monção, from Arabic mawsim, season, from wasama, to mark; see wsm in Semitic roots.