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

Origin of upcoming

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at up-, coming

Synonyms for upcoming

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  • Frank pushed on, his eyes on the lookout for the upcoming of the drowning lad.

  • But he slipped and fell headlong on the pavement, so that she was able to pant down the stairs to meet the upcoming figure.

    Ring Once for Death

    Robert Andrew Arthur

  • Forrester stepped back, grabbed the upcoming foot, and stood straight, lifting the foot and levering it into the air.

    Pagan Passions

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Alex's upcoming fate would even be held explicable if seen through this context.

    The Land of Look Behind

    Paul Cameron Brown

  • He pressed the button for the elevator; but before the upcoming car reached his floor he decided not to descend.

    Sonnie-Boy's People

    James B. Connolly

British Dictionary definitions for upcoming



coming soon; forthcoming
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Word Origin and History for upcoming

c.1300 (n.), "action of coming up," from up + coming (see come (v.)). Adjectival sense of "forthcoming" first attested 1954.

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