non·​fic·​tion | \ ˌnän-ˈfik-shən How to pronounce nonfiction (audio) \

Definition of nonfiction

: writing or cinema that is about facts and real events He prefers to read nonfiction rather than novels.

Other Words from nonfiction

nonfictional \ ˌnän-​ˈfik-​shnəl How to pronounce nonfiction (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of nonfiction in a Sentence

He reads a lot of nonfiction.
Recent Examples on the Web So often fiction book covers receive the most acclaim, but as most designers will concede, creating a clever nonfiction title is its own art form. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 The exclusive, multiyear deal will give Spotify a first look at new narrative nonfiction and fiction podcasts out of Bad Robot’s new audio division, Bad Robot Audio. Wendy Lee Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2021 And while nonfiction dominated last year’s list, this year, fiction was king. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, 17 Nov. 2021 These back-to-back series of panels will include conversations about the newfound popularity of documentaries, the road to creating a compelling narrative, and the myriad of ways filmmakers can create nonfiction stories in film today. Wcinkala, Variety, 16 Nov. 2021 A year later, a nonfiction best seller by Dave Eggers indicated what that something might be. New York Times, 12 Nov. 2021 As such, Epstein and Meek’s nonfiction effort functions as a portrait of unconscionable bureaucratic wrongdoing as well as an attempt to restore the reputations of four men who suffered unjust fates in both life and death. Nick Schager, Rolling Stone, 10 Nov. 2021 An elegant feed featuring nonfiction, thrillers, cozy mysteries, romance and everything in between. Jena Brown, Chron, 10 Nov. 2021 For nearly 40 years, Louise Erdrich has been a force in American literature, publishing 18 novels, three poetry collections and seven children’s books, along with short stories and nonfiction. oregonlive, 6 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of nonfiction

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonfiction was in 1867

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“Nonfiction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonfiction

: writing that is about facts or real events : all writing that is not fiction


non·​fic·​tion | \ ˈnän-ˈfik-shən How to pronounce nonfiction (audio) \

Kids Definition of nonfiction

: writing that is about facts or real events

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