Meaning of EVENT in English


I. ə̇ˈvent, ēˈ- chiefly South sometimes ˈēˌv- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin eventus, from eventus, past participle of evenire to happen, from e- + venire to come — more at come



(1) : something that happens : occurrence

this day's event has laid on me the duty of opening out my heart — William Wordsworth

such an event would shock the conscience of the world

(2) : course of events : activity , experience

ending my brief account of long event — D.C.Peattie

from his dark berth he could see without moving this whole immense and immediate theater of human event — Thomas Wolfe

— often used in plural

events proved the folly of such calculations

b. : a noteworthy occurrence or happening : something worthy of remark : an unusual or significant development

her new book was the intellectual event of the year

the great event of his childhood was a voyage to America

the flat monotonous plains stretch away … a single tree becomes an event — Alan Moorehead


a. obsolete : the end to which a person or thing comes : fate


(1) archaic : the outcome or consequence of anything : issue , conclusion , result

then very doubtful was the war's event — Edmund Spenser

curiosity as to the event of an evening which had raised such splendid expectations — Jane Austen

(2) : the issue or outcome of a legal action or proceeding as finally determined

c. : an outcome, condition, or contingency that is assumed or postulated : case , eventuality — used chiefly in the phrase in the event

in the event of the king's death, the prince succeeds

in the event he has not been told, I will tell him

in the event you are right, I have been tricked and cheated


a. : any one of the contests in a program of sports

track and field events

b. : a competitive contest of a specified kind or class

a bow shot in the same manner as in a regulation target event

c. : fixture 3a(1)

4. : an occurrence, phenomenon, or complex of processes occupying a restricted portion of four-dimensional space-time : a happening represented by a point designated by x, y, and z as coordinates of place and t as time in the space-time continuum, it being a fundamental assumption of the theory of relativity that all physical measurements reduce to observations of relations between happenings

Synonyms: see effect , occurrence

- at all events

- in any event

- in the event

II. noun

: a subset of the possible outcomes of a statistical experiment

7 is an event representing 12 possible outcomes in the throwing of two dice

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.