|1.||a seasonal wind of S Asia that blows from the southwest in summer, bringing heavy rains, and from the northeast in winter|
|2.||the rainy season when the SW monsoon blows, from about April to October|
|3.||any wind that changes direction with the seasons|
|[C16: from obsolete Dutch monssoen, from Portuguese monção, from Arabic mawsim season]|
|monsoon (mŏn-sn') Pronunciation Key
A wind system that affects large climatic regions and reverses direction seasonally.
Note: The Asiatic monsoon brings heavy rains to Southeast Asia in spring and summer.