Definition of deluge noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdeljuːdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdeljuːdʒ//
    [usually singular] Rain
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  1. 1a sudden very heavy fall of rain synonym flood When the snow melts, the mountain stream becomes a deluge. See related entries: Rain
  2. 2a large number of things that happen or arrive at the same time a deluge of calls/complaints/letters
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, variant of diluve, from Latin diluvium, from diluere ‘wash away’.Extra examples An unseasonable deluge had washed away a section of river bank. The earlier deluge had given way to more normal rain. The firm was at a loss to explain the sudden deluge of publicity.
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