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[ih-vent-fuh l] /ɪˈvɛnt fəl/
full of events or incidents, especially of a striking character:
an exciting account of an eventful life.
having important issues or results; momentous.
Origin of eventful
1590-1600; event + -ful
Related forms
eventfully, adverb
eventfulness, noun
1. noteworthy, memorable, unforgettable. Unabridged
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  • Seems she had had her share of the strange and eventful in her time.

    The Land of Look Behind Paul Cameron Brown
  • The year 1780, was the most eventful one, in the annals of South Carolina.

  • At the close of this eventful year, the political situation in Illinois was without precedent.

    Stephen A. Douglas Allen Johnson
  • The night came, the last night but one of that eventful, momentous year 1775.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • The large leghorn bonnet which Mrs. Webster wore on that eventful journey hangs in my collection of old relics.

    Memories and Anecdotes Kate Sanborn
British Dictionary definitions for eventful


full of events or incidents: an eventful day
Derived Forms
eventfully, adverb
eventfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for eventful

c.1600, from event + -ful. In Shakespeare, once, and no record of it between then and Johnson's "Dictionary." Related: Eventfully; eventfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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