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happening

Line breaks: hap¦pen|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈhap(ə)nɪŋ
 
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Definition of happening in English:

noun

1An event or occurrence: altogether it was an eerie happening
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  • One sad happening prior to Christmas was the death of Galway's oldest resident Billy Lohan of Mervue who was in his 103rd year.
  • The afternoon sped on, with the three visitors filling the Riley parents in on happenings in the Willie Shakespeare Company.
  • Anyway, that probably confused you, but I need to let Dmitri explain the happenings of the first night we stayed in a glorious hotel in the heart of San Francisco.
Synonyms
2A partly improvised or spontaneous piece of theatrical or other artistic performance, typically involving audience participation: a multimedia happening
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  • What ensues is neither stand-up nor sketch comedy, but a fluid multimedia happening that co-opts the audience and a bewildering number of stooges.
  • Shed promoter Simon Thackray presents these myriad delights in a season of nine concerts and artistic happenings at Brawby and Hovingham, near Malton.
  • From these Dada-like beginnings he developed a litany of Fookianisms which spilt delightfully over into happenings, art objects, bureaucracy and erotica.

adjective

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Fashionable; trendy: a happening neighbourhood
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  • They have an office in Balma, Southern France, about 500 miles away from a beautiful, fashionable and happening Paris.
  • It is part of our strategy to see more activity at street level, making the neighbourhood a more happening place.
  • From there we went to Brighton Marina, partly because it's a cool and happening place to visit, but mainly because it has free parking.
Synonyms
Frenchde rigueur, le dernier cri
North American informal kicky, tony, fly
black English down

Words that rhyme with happening

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