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.

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

Examples of nonfiction in a Sentence

He reads a lot of nonfiction.

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Kevin Powell and Joan Morgan both released critically acclaimed nonfiction books in 2018, while Cheo Hodari Coker, Carlito Rodriguez, dream hampton, and Sacha Jenkins are working in television and film. Michael Gonzales, Longreads, "It’s Like That: The Makings of a Hip-Hop Writer," 10 June 2019 Traditionally, there have been 20 finalists total, spread evenly across four categories — five in fiction, five in nonfiction, five in poetry, and five in young adult. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 15 Nov. 2018 The Evangelicals,’’ which also won the National Book Critics Circle Award, won in nonfiction. Nina Maclaughlin,, "A debut novel turns on a pregnant minister’s daughter and reality TV star; Maine literary award winners," 27 June 2018 That became clear to me somewhere around the fourth episode of the new Netflix true-crime series The Innocent Man, an adaptation of John Grisham’s bestselling nonfiction book from 2006 (the author appears frequently in the series). Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Is the True-Crime Fever Breaking? Watching Netflix’s John Grisham Documentary The Innocent Man," 14 Dec. 2018 Although Murakami has published a lot of nonfiction in Japan, little of it has been translated into English, which makes this journey a rare treat for his millions of fans. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Haruki Murakami Strolls Through His Childhood Home After the Hanshin Earthquake," 22 June 2018 Books help us learn more about each other, whether through fiction or nonfiction. ... Danielle Hernandez,, "Danielle's Report: U-T to host second annual San Diego Festival of Books," 5 July 2018 White has written 27 previous books, both fiction and nonfiction. New York Times, "What Edmund White Thinks You Should Read," 3 July 2018 Her fiction and nonfiction alike have found a home in the hearts of American intellectuals like Barack Obama as well on best-seller lists. Sarah Begley, Time, "Marilynne Robinson on What It Means to Be a Christian in Trump's America," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of nonfiction

1867, in the meaning defined above

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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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