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.

Other Words from nonfiction

nonfictional \ ˌnän-​ˈfik-​shnəl How to pronounce nonfiction (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of nonfiction in a Sentence

He reads a lot of nonfiction.
Recent Examples on the Web Critic Bethanne Patrick recommends 10 promising titles, fiction and nonfiction, to consider for your August list. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022 Like previous years, Obama's picks are a diverse range of fiction and nonfiction—with a few surprising choices. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 26 July 2022 Each year, juried awards are given to books in six categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, about Ohio or an Ohioan, middle grade/young adult literature, and juvenile literature. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 25 July 2022 Deanna Adams is a freelance writer, author of both fiction and nonfiction works, and writing instructor. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 15 July 2022 Carrère is largely unimpressed by critical hand-wringing about the ineffable uncertainties at the border of fiction and nonfiction. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, 4 July 2022 This year’s recommendations include a rich smorgasbord of fiction and nonfiction from novels and biographies to history and, of course, economics and business books. Preeti Singh, WSJ, 1 July 2022 The contemporary literature—fiction and nonfiction—on modern parenting is varied, dynamic, and deep, but there aren’t a lot of dads at its center. Phillip Maciak, The New Republic, 27 June 2022 The store has fiction and nonfiction, graphic novels, a fantasy section and a children’s section. The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 May 2022 See More

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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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“Nonfiction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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non·​fic·​tion | \ ˈnän-ˈfik-shən How to pronounce nonfiction (audio) \

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: writing that is about facts or real events

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