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.
Recent Examples on the Web While previous installments of LitTalk have focused on authors of fiction, this is the first panel showcasing nonfiction writers. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "‘Writing Memoir: Your Story Matters’: LitTalk goes deep with three D-FW memoirists," 13 May 2020 There's even a glimpse of the director's 1951 nonfiction portrait of a boxer, the short Day of the Fight, whose intimacy and dynamic energy presage the cinematic flair to come. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Kubrick by Kubrick': Film Review | Tribeca 2020," 1 May 2020 In this nonfiction read, author and spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer helps readers find peace in the everyday. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, "10 Book Recommendations From Your Favorite Celebrities," 23 Apr. 2020 Follow her on Twitter or check out her new nonfiction podcast. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 21 Apr. 2020 Puzzles were allowed, as was preapproved nonfiction reading or writing. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "The Loneliness of the “Social Distancer” Triggers Brain Cravings Akin to Hunger," 2 Apr. 2020 Author’s Name is an award-winning nonfiction writer. Maureen Stanton, Longreads, "Through a Glass, Tearfully," 17 Jan. 2020 The level of detail and the quality of writing is wonderful; the book was justifiably awarded the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. The Editors, Outside Online, "Our 12 Favorite Earth Day Reads," 22 Apr. 2020 Author and foreign correspondent Janine di Giovanni won the $25,000 Blake-Dodd prize for nonfiction, Christine Schutt received the $20,000 Katherine Anne Porter Award for prose writing and Mary Ruefle won the $20,000 Arthur Rense Poetry Prize. Washington Post, "Leslie Marmon Silko wins $100,000 prize from arts academy," 11 Mar. 2020

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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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18 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Nonfiction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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