Definition of happening in English:

happening

Syllabification: hap·pen·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈhap(ə)niNG
 
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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: nightclubs for the young are the happening thing
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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
fashionable, modern, popular, new, latest, up-to-date, up-to-the-minute, in fashion, in vogue, le dernier cri
informal trendy, funky, hot, cool, with it, hip, in, big, now, groovy, styling/stylin'

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