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noun fac·toid \ˈfak-ˌtȯid\

Simple Definition of factoid

  • : a brief and usually unimportant fact

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of factoid

  1. 1 :  an invented fact believed to be true because it appears in print

  2. 2 :  a briefly stated and usually trivial fact

Examples of factoid in a sentence

  1. The book is really just a collection of interesting factoids.



Did You Know?

We can thank Norman Mailer for the word factoid; he coined the term in his 1973 book Marilyn, about Marilyn Monroe. In the book, Mailer explains that factoids are "facts which have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper, creations which are not so much lies as a product to manipulate emotion in the Silent Majority." In creating his coinage, Mailer relied on "-oid," a suffix that traces back to the ancient Greek word eidos, meaning "appearance" or "form." Mailer followed in a long tradition when he chose "-oid"; English speakers have been making words from "-oid" since at least the late 16th century.

1973

First Known Use of factoid

1973


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