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[non-fik-shuh n] /nɒnˈfɪk ʃən/
the branch of literature comprising works of narrative prose dealing with or offering opinions or conjectures upon facts and reality, including biography, history, and the essay (opposed to fiction and distinguished from poetry and drama).
works of this class:
She had read all of his novels but none of his nonfiction.
(especially in cataloging books, as in a library or bookstore) all writing or books not fiction, poetry, or drama, including nonfictive narrative prose and reference works; the broadest category of written works.
Origin of nonfiction
1905-10; non- + fiction
Related forms
nonfictional, adjective
nonfictionally, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for nonfiction
  • Especially if anybody reads a few of them in a row as anybody prepares for her nonfiction creative writing course.
  • It is a work to which the novel and nonfiction jumble.
  • Visit our website to learn more about our nonfiction literacy programs.
  • Such claims are an obfuscating amalgam of theory and conjecture, reality and fantasy, nonfiction and science fiction.
  • During his leave, he tried several projects that didn't pan out, both fiction and nonfiction.
  • Three nonfiction features probe curriculum-related topics in science and social studies.
  • Visit our new website to learn more about our nonfiction literacy programs.
  • Rose is the author of a new novel and a nonfiction book about e-publishing.
  • Visit the new online teacher store to learn more about our nonfiction literacy programs, or to order products online.
  • And thousands of creators publish web-based autobiographical and nonfiction comics every day.
British Dictionary definitions for nonfiction


writing dealing with facts and events rather than imaginative narration
(modifier) relating to or denoting nonfiction
Derived Forms
nonfictional, adjective
nonfictionally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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