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coming up; about to take place, appear, or be presented: the upcoming spring fashions.
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Origin of upcoming

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at up-, coming
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What does upcoming mean?

Upcoming is used to describe something that is scheduled or expected to happen or to be presented or released in the near future. A close synonym is forthcoming.

Upcoming is most often used to describe events that will happen soon, like a wedding or an election, or things that will be released soon, such as an album, movie, or new product.

The term typically implies that the event will happen or the thing will arrive relatively soon, such as within a few weeks or months or within a year or so. The farther away something is, the less likely you’d be to describe it as upcoming. You also probably wouldn’t use the word for something happening tomorrow.

Upcoming should not be confused with the similar-sounding term up-and-coming, which means successful and likely to become more successful.

Example: There is a lot of buzz around the up-and-coming band’s upcoming album that will be released in the spring.

Where does upcoming come from?

The word upcoming has been used since the 1300s, but its use as an adjective isn’t recorded until the 1800s. It is simply a combination of the words up and coming.

Things that are upcoming are coming up. An upcoming election is the one happening next or within a relatively short amount of time. The similar phrase coming soon is often associated with upcoming forms of media or entertainment, such as movies, books, and musical albums.

The word upcoming is typically reserved for things that you know (or are fairly certain) will happen. You probably wouldn’t describe a future event as upcoming if it were purely hypothetical or very tentative (unless you were promoting the Fyre Festival).

Describing something as upcoming often (but not always) implies some level of anticipation about it—meaning people are looking forward to it in some way. The similar term impending means about the same thing as upcoming, but it’s usually applied to more neutral or negative situations, as in impending doom.

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How is upcoming used in real life?

Upcoming is often used positively in reference to things that people are looking forward to.



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Is upcoming used correctly in the following sentence?

Her upcoming book was released last year.

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British Dictionary definitions for upcoming

/ (ˌʌpˈkʌmɪŋ) /

coming soon; forthcoming
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