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noun fic·tion \ˈfik-shən\

Simple Definition of fiction

  • : written stories about people and events that are not real : literature that tells stories which are imagined by the writer

  • : something that is not true

Full Definition of fiction

  1. 1 a :  something invented by the imagination or feigned; specifically :  an invented story b :  fictitious literature (as novels or short stories) c :  a work of fiction; especially :  novel

  2. 2 a :  an assumption of a possibility as a fact irrespective of the question of its truth <a legal fiction> b :  a useful illusion or pretense

  3. 3 :  the action of feigning or of creating with the imagination

fic·tion·al play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
fic·tion·al·i·ty play \ˌfik-shə-ˈna-lə-tē\ noun
fic·tion·al·ly play \ˈfik-shnə-lē, -shə-nəl-ē\ adverb

Examples of fiction

  1. She believes the fiction that crime rates are up.

  2. <most stories about famous outlaws of the Old West are fictions that have little or nothing to do with fact>

Origin of fiction

Middle English ficcioun, from Middle French fiction, from Latin fiction-, fictio act of fashioning, fiction, from fingere to shape, fashion, feign — more at dough

First Known Use: 14th century

FICTION Defined for Kids


noun fic·tion \ˈfik-shən\

Definition of fiction

  1. 1 :  something told or written that is not fact

  2. 2 :  a made-up story

  3. 3 :  works of literature that are not true stories

Word Root of fiction

The Latin word fingere, meaning “to shape” or “to mold,” and its form fictus give us the roots fig and fict. Words from the Latin fingere have something to do with shaping. The figure of something, especially a person's body, is its shape. To disfigure is to change the shape and ruin the looks of something. Fiction is something written that is not fact but is shaped by the imagination.

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