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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Other Words from nonfiction

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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During the next half century, Blais would publish more than forty works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for the stage, and earn many of Francophone literature’s highest international honors. Pasha Malla, The New Yorker, "Will American Readers Ever Catch on to Marie-Claire Blais?," 16 Sep. 2019 So much of the work of nonfiction writing—and this is equally true of documentary photography—is figuring out where to look. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Wanting to See Like Robert Frank," 10 Sep. 2019 FALLBROOK Insight Book Club to meet Monday The adult nonfiction Insight Book Club will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Fallbrook Library, 124 S. Mission Road. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Group makes lap blankets to honor veterans," 9 Sep. 2019 The book was released in mid-May and debuted 13th on The New York Times’ nonfiction best sellers list. Matt Martell,, "As MLB Continues to Evolve, So Does David Cone," 18 July 2019 The hardcover fiction and nonfiction lists also encompass a mix of adult, young adult and juvenile titles while the business list features only adult hardcover titles. Refer questions to WSJ, "Best-Selling Books Week Ended July 6," 11 July 2019 And there’s a lot of tech bros who are trying to save the world in less than ethical ways, and so [The OA] is just nonfiction to me. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "Netflix Cancelling The OA Is a Tragedy," 31 Aug. 2019 Cusk translates that skill into nonfiction in her first collection of essays. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "The 42 Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 Luckily, there’s a wide variety of excellent novels and nonfiction options to add to your reading list for the final dog days of summer. Locke Hughes, NBC News, "20 end-of-summer beach reads for 2019," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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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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