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.
Recent Examples on the Web And why the sprinkling of fiction in an otherwise nonfiction book? Ling Ma, Wired, "‘One Person’s Apocalypse Is Another Person’s Day-to-Day’," 17 Nov. 2020 Three new works of nonfiction with Wisconsin subjects would like your consideration as your next pandemic read. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Wisconsin books spotlight Abraham Lincoln, World War II and Boomer boyhood," 10 Nov. 2020 Why are works of nonfiction a better guide to the present moment than, say, movies or speeches or TikTok videos? Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "What Did Carlos Lozada Learn From Reading 150 Trump Books?," 15 Oct. 2020 This passage brings us back to Hartman’s book, and the question that lingers over its pages: Why a book of nonfiction and not a novel? Annette Gordon-reed, The New York Review of Books, "Rebellious History," 6 Oct. 2020 There's nevertheless something useful about seeing the dry pages of nonfiction brought to life, in a production that's hardy flawless but whose stellar casting represents showboating in the best TV sense of the term. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Comey Rule' shows off a sensational cast in a slightly uneven miniseries," 25 Sep. 2020 In March, Source Booksellers — a boutique store in Midtown Detroit known for its collection of nonfiction reads — quickly went online. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, "‘You have to be nimble’: 4 Black businesses owners talk about weathering the pandemic," 29 Aug. 2020 There’s not a phony line or preachy moment in Tod Olson’s terrific nonfiction account of Himalayan ascent. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Help Is On the Way!," 30 Oct. 2020 His book, Animal Liberation, published in 1975, has been cited as one of the 100 best nonfiction books ever published. Trish Hall, Vogue, "‘I Have Lots of Friends Who Eat Animals. They Know My Views.’," 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of nonfiction

1867, in the meaning defined above

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2 Dec 2020

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“Nonfiction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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