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 Last night my wife and I prayed for all those affected by the impact of this current nonevent. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Minnesota State Fair, Minneapolis police union, Enbridge Line 3, local news," 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, "Right-Wing Media Says Virus Fears Were Whipped Up to Hurt Trump," 10 Mar. 2020 The measure of their success is that Y2K now feels like a nonevent. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "The ‘Blitz Spirit’ Won’t Protect Britain From the Coronavirus," 12 Mar. 2020 Tucker Carlson, another trusted television personality, treated Mr. Barr’s ABC interview like a nonevent on his Fox News show Thursday night. Peter Baker, New York Times, "How Trump’s Relationship With Barr Got So Complicated," 14 Feb. 2020 The real nonevent of 2017 was Paris versus Los Angeles. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "The Year in Sports," 20 Dec. 2017 Instead of wreaking havoc, the year’s end was a nonevent. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "Fed’s Harker Says Rates Should Hold Steady For Now, Money Markets Calm," 15 Jan. 2020 Forecasts may trend toward a more significant snow event or a nonevent with no snow. Washington Post, "Local Digest: Woman crossing street in Montgomery is struck, killed," 6 Nov. 2019 In terms of its effect , a drone that fell from the skies one recent morning in an area south of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, was a nonevent. Nabih Bulos,, "Libya’s two wars: One on the battlefield and one on Facebook," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of nonevent

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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27 Aug 2020

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“Nonevent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonevent

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

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