- something that happens; occurrence; event.
- an unconventional dramatic or artistically orchestrated performance, often a series of discontinuous events involving audience participation.
- any event considered worthwhile, unusual, or interesting.
Origin of happening
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Examples from the Web for happenings
The stage manager is a rubber-clad domme and there are various S&M happenings through the night.Inside London's Underground Burlesque and Fetish Scene
August 12, 2014
“Many view the straw poll as almost tangential to all the happenings of CPAC,” said Republican political consultant Brian Donahue.The Right Invades Washington
Samuel P. Jacobs, Shushannah Walshe
February 8, 2011
Deyn and Byrne say they hope to expand NAAG to include reviews of happenings in other countries.Agyness Deyn's New Passion
November 22, 2010
He sees the happenings in the household, but sees them in a light of his own.The Conquest of Fear
Certainly, some happenings in this world of ours did not seem quite fair.Within the Law
The happenings of the next few minutes were noisy and profane.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
He seemed to be in a sort of waking dream and only dimly conscious of happenings about him.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
"There is undoubtedly some connection between the two happenings," said Jeter.Lords of the Stratosphere
Arthur J. Burks
- an occurrence; event
- an improvised or spontaneous display or performance consisting of bizarre and haphazard events
- informal fashionable and up-to-the-minute
Word Origin and History for happenings
mid-15c., "chance, luck," from present participle of happen; meaning "occurrence" is 1550s. Sense of "spontaneous event or display" is from 1959 in the argot of artists. Happenings "events" was noted by Fowler as a vogue word from c.1905.