[non-fik-shuh n]


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.

Nearby words

  1. nonfatal,
  2. nonfattening,
  3. nonfeasance,
  4. nonfenestrated forceps,
  5. nonferrous,
  6. nonfiction novel,
  7. nonfinite,
  8. nonfinite clause,
  9. nonfinite verb,
  10. nonflammable

Origin of nonfiction

First recorded in 1905–10; non- + fiction

Related formsnon·fic·tion·al, adjectivenon·fic·tion·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nonfiction



writing dealing with facts and events rather than imaginative narration
(modifier) relating to or denoting nonfiction
Derived Formsnonfictional, adjectivenonfictionally, adverb

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