non·​fic·​tion ˌnän-ˈfik-shən How to pronounce nonfiction (audio)
: writing or cinema that is about facts and real events
He prefers to read nonfiction rather than novels.
ˌnän-ˈfik-shnəl How to pronounce nonfiction (audio)

Example Sentences

He reads a lot of nonfiction.
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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonfiction was in 1867

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“Nonfiction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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non·​fic·​tion ˈnän-ˈfik-shən How to pronounce nonfiction (audio)
: literature or cinema that is not fictional
nonfictional adjective

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