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Definition of coming

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act or instance of arriving



Definition of coming (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : immediately due in sequence or development in the coming year
2 : gaining importance the coming trend

Examples of coming in a Sentence

Noun the coming of the children meant we could finally get the party started Adjective The company has many plans for the coming year. An official announcement will be made in the coming days.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Written and directed by the Girls star-creator from Karen Cushman’s historical coming-of-age novel, the film will hit cinemas on Sept. 23, ahead of an Amazon Prime Video debut on Oct. 7. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 July 2022 The actress rose to icon status after starring in John Hughes' classic coming-of-age movies, including The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles. Taylor Worden, Good Housekeeping, 30 June 2022 Swedish royal Prince Wilhelm (Edvin Ryding) must choose between duty and love in the heartfelt coming-of-age drama Young Royals. Ew Staff,, 9 June 2022 Savage previously starred as Kevin Arnold in the original The Wonder Years, the beloved coming-of-age series set in the '60s and '70s, which aired for six seasons from 1988 to 1993 on ABC. Glenn Garner,, 13 May 2022 Currently, in production, the original coming-of-age show was co-created by the duo and is based off the twins’ New York Times bestselling memoir of the same name. Marisa Whitaker, SPIN, 28 Apr. 2022 In 1922, Judith Kaplan, the daughter of a rabbi, was the first American girl to be bat mitzvahed in a public ceremony, allowing girls to participate in the centuries-old coming-of-age ritual long experienced by boys. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 18 Mar. 2022 Pixar's return to theaters should have been Turning Red, a hilarious and energetic coming-of-age comedy which is refreshingly open about puberty, novel territory for Disney. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 11 Mar. 2022 The movie accommodates all sorts of visual and narrative ideas, from a climactic kaiju-style battle of monsters to the zingy repartee of a good coming-of-age comedy. Michael Phillips,, 8 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Moreover, the coming launch of Apple’s next-generation iPhone 14 could also help the theme. Trefis Team, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Committee members have even deployed some of the tropes of episodic drama to help viewers follow the intricate storyline — flashbacks, flash-forwards, repetition of key scenes, even previews of coming attractions. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 That’s all for now, but there’s plenty more coming. Dave Thier, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Despite having insurance, Schneider's bills are already starting to pile up with more coming. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Dec. 2020 Earlier this month the White House warned of a coming surge this fall and winter that could more than double the amount of COVID infections the U.S. has recorded thus far. Erin Prater, Fortune, 13 May 2022 The coming generations will remember him fondly for his works and wonderful personality. Keira Wingate, USA TODAY, 29 Oct. 2021 The coming generations will remember him fondly for his works and wonderful personality. Hannah Ritchie And Esha Mitra, CNN, 29 Oct. 2021 And the coming broadcast season gets both a Night Court reboot and a Quantum Leap sequel. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of coming


13th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Coming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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