fan fiction


: stories involving popular fictional characters that are written by fans and often posted on the Internet

called also fanfic

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web His victory is no longer the stuff of dark comedy or fan fiction. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 30 Mar. 2023 This is our high-end fan fiction! Scott Huver,, 9 Apr. 2022 Then again, the whole leak might be fan fiction. Chris Smith, BGR, 7 Jan. 2022 Good at: Writing fan fiction under pseudonyms. Riza Cruz, ELLE, 8 Nov. 2022 The fan fiction left is not without precedent. David Masciotra, CNN, 11 June 2022 His suggestion: Go write some fan fiction. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 22 Mar. 2022 Like fan fiction! Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 11 Mar. 2021 There's something ghoulish about mining a bit of fan fiction from this situation for personal pleasure. WIRED, 2 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fan fiction was in 1939

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Cite this Entry

“Fan fiction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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