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.

1545–55; 1965–70 for def 2; happen + -ing1

1. incident, episode, instance, affair, case.
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happening (ˈhæpənɪŋ, ˈhæpnɪŋ)
1.  an occurrence; event
2.  an improvised or spontaneous display or performance consisting of bizarre and haphazard events
3.  informal fashionable and up-to-the-minute

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, happenen "to come to pass, occur," originally "occur by hap" (see hap); replaced O.E. gelimpan, gesceon, and M.E. befall. First record of happenstance is 1897, formed from happening + circumstance. Happening in the sense of "spontaneous event or display" is from 1959.
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Example sentences
It is not that gauche happenings are serious offenses, no matter how awkward
  the incident.
From the fact that in studying the happenings of nature.
The idea of uncertainty and its connection with confidence rings truer after
  the happenings of the past year.
He would ask me about my father and my school and lots of other everyday
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