Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “happening”

See all translations

happening

noun [C usually plural] uk   /ˈhæp.ən.ɪŋ/ us  
something that has happened: Recent happenings on the stock market can be interpreted in various ways. a performance or similar event that happens without preparation

happening

adjective uk   /ˈhæp.ən.ɪŋ/ informal us  
A happening place is extremely fashionable and exciting: Ask Caroline - she knows all the happening clubs in town.
Translations of “happening”
in Korean 우연히 일어난 사건…
in Arabic حَدث…
in Portuguese acontecimento…
in Catalan esdeveniment, fet…
in Japanese 出来事, ハプニング…
in Italian avvenimento…
in Chinese (Traditional) 發生的事, 即興演出…
in Russian случай, событие…
in Turkish olay, vaka, olup bitenler…
in Chinese (Simplified) 发生的事, 即兴演出…
in Polish wydarzenie, zdarzenie…
(Definition of happening from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of happening?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “happening” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

ellipsis

a situation in which words are left out of a sentence but the sentence can still be understood

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More