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)

Examples of nonfiction in a Sentence

He reads a lot of nonfiction.
Recent Examples on the Web Her nonfiction articles and essays have appeared in print and online magazines and journals, including Off Campus Writers’ Workshop’s About Write and Marin Mother’s Magazine. Britta Stromeyer, The Mercury News, 4 June 2024 According to a press release obtained by PEOPLE, Ta-Nehisi Coates — a journalist and New York Times bestselling author — is set to release his first nonfiction book in 10 years this fall. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 30 May 2024 At first, these sections felt relatively disconnected from the nonfiction imagery. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 24 May 2024 His 2002 nonfiction book about terrorism The Lessons of Terror was written in response to the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Chloe Veltman, NPR, 24 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for 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 13 Jun. 2024.

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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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