non-event (n.) "unimportant or disappointing event," 1962, from NON- (Cf. non-) + EVENT (Cf. event).

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  • non-event — non events N COUNT If you say that something was a non event, you mean that it was disappointing or dull, especially when this was not what you had expected. Unfortunately, the entire evening was not so much a disaster as a total non event. Syn:… …   English dictionary

  • non-event — non e vent n [C usually singular] an event that is disappointing because it is much less interesting, exciting, or important than you expected ▪ In the end, the match turned out to be a non event …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • non-event — ► NOUN ▪ an unexpectedly insignificant or uninteresting occasion …   English terms dictionary

  • non-event — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms non event : singular non event plural non events an event that is not as exciting as you expected it to be The concert turned out to be a bit of a non event …   English dictionary

  • Non-event — A non event is an anticipated or highly publicized event that either does not occur or turns out to be anticlimactic, boring, or a hoax. Non events are disappointing because they are often hyped prior to their occurrence. Notable non events… …   Wikipedia

  • non-event — noun (countable usually singular) an event that is disappointing because it is much less interesting and exciting than you expected: The conference was a bit of a non event hardly anyone turned up for it …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • non-event — /nɒn əˈvɛnt/ (say non uh vent) noun an occurrence of little significance or importance, especially one which was expected to have great importance: *the highly publicised Great Television Debate might in fact be described as the Great Television… …  

  • non-event — noun an unexpectedly insignificant or uninteresting occasion. ↘an event that did not happen …   English new terms dictionary

  • non·event — /ˈnɑːnıˌvɛnt/ noun, pl events [count] informal : an event that is much less interesting or important than it was expected to be usually singular To their surprise, her resignation was a nonevent. The town expected protests, but the smoking ban… …   Useful english dictionary

  • non-event — noun A situation which, contrary to expectation, turned out to be uninteresting, unimportant or unexciting; an anticlimax …   Wiktionary

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