nonfiction

noun non·fic·tion \ ˌnän-ˈfik-shən \

Definition of nonfiction

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

nonfictional

play \ˌnän-ˈfik-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

Examples of nonfiction in a Sentence

  1. He reads a lot of nonfiction.

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First Known Use of nonfiction

1867


NONFICTION Defined for English Language Learners

nonfiction

noun

Definition of nonfiction for English Language Learners

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


NONFICTION Defined for Kids

nonfiction

noun non·fic·tion \ ˈnän-ˈfik-shən \

Definition of nonfiction for Students

:writing that is about facts or real events


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