occurrence may apply to a happening without intent, volition, or plan.
an encounter that was a chance occurrence
event usually implies an occurrence of some importance and frequently one having antecedent cause.
the events following the assassination
incident suggests an occurrence of brief duration or secondary importance.
a minor wartime incident
episode stresses the distinctiveness or apartness of an incident.
a brief romantic episode in a life devoted to work
circumstance implies a specific detail attending an action or event as part of its setting or background.
couldn't recall the exact circumstances
The article recounted the events of the past year.
the last major event of the summer
He had no memory of the events that happened afterwards.
The accident was caused by an unusual sequence of events.
She likes to arrive at social events early.
It's the only event on the golf tour that she hasn't yet won. See More
Recent Examples on the WebEver cookie decorating event with Santa from 10 to 11 a.m. or noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 4.
Sam Boyer, cleveland, 18 Nov. 2022 The second mountain rally is already scheduled for September 2023, while an arctic event (finishing in the Arctic Circle) and a rally in Morocco and the Saharan desert are also in the works.
Charlie Thomas, Robb Report, 18 Nov. 2022 The move was the latest sign of the tension of hosting the event, which is not just a sports tournament but also a monthlong party, in the conservative Muslim emirate where the sale of alcohol is heavily restricted.
Graham Dunbar, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Nov. 2022 That was the worst animal-health event in U.S. history, when 50 million birds died.
Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Nov. 2022 Since the first Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year in 2000, this is the first time that the celebrated person of the year opened their own event, and Marco Antonio Solís had jaws dropped.
Isabela Raygoza, Billboard, 17 Nov. 2022 The year-long event, which begins in parks on Jan. 27, will celebrate 100 years of Disney while looking ahead to the next 100, with all new events and offerings throughout 2023.
Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2022 The Courier Journal sat down with Bourbon with Heart's founder and director, Morgan Hancock, to learn more about what to expect from the new nonprofit and its first event.
Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 16 Nov. 2022 The event, held at the Madrid Royal Palace, was a Royal Gala Dinner in honor of Chinese president Xi Jinping and wife Peng Liyuan.
The Editors, Town & Country, 16 Nov. 2022 See More
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Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin eventus, from evenire to happen, from e- + venire to come — more at come