non·​event | \ ˈnän-i-ˌvent How to pronounce nonevent (audio) , ˌnän-i-ˈvent \

Definition of nonevent

1a : an expected event that fails to take place or to satisfy expectations
b : an often highly publicized event of little intrinsic interest or significance
2 : an occurrence that is officially ignored

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Recent Examples on the Web For intensive renders and games, that means noisy fans spinning up to keep the CPU and GPU cool, resulting in the notorious laptop hum: a cardinal sin in some settings and a total nonevent in others. Lynne Peskoe-yang, Popular Mechanics, 27 May 2021 By suggesting it, Len had communicated his desire to make the reunion between us a nonevent. Morgan Thomas, The Atlantic, 16 May 2021 Wednesday’s storms were a nonevent for much of Connecticut, where a couple of hours of heavy rain was followed by sunshine and cold. Russell Blair,, 22 Apr. 2021 There has also been one major nonevent: the Biden presidential noncampaign. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 28 Oct. 2020 That was his message to me after Miami’s first-round sweep of the Indiana Pacers, when Butler’s forceful play turned what was supposed to be a heated showdown against the Pacers’ T.J. Warren into a nonevent. Marc Stein, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2020 Last night my wife and I prayed for all those affected by the impact of this current nonevent. Star Tribune, 20 Aug. 2020 The coronavirus, from this standpoint, is compared to impeachment and the special counsel’s report, major news events dismissed by Trump allies as hyped-up nonevents. New York Times, 10 Mar. 2020 The measure of their success is that Y2K now feels like a nonevent. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of nonevent

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Nonevent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonevent

: an event that is much less interesting or important than it was expected to be

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