Definition of nonfiction in US English:

nonfiction

noun

  • Prose writing that is based on facts, real events, and real people, such as biography or history.

    ‘high on the bestseller lists of nonfiction’
    as modifier ‘two of her other nonfiction books’
    • ‘It's a blend of fiction and non-fiction which the author didn't expect her husband to read.’
    • ‘As well as her novels, Ayn Rand wrote six non-fiction books which were published during her lifetime.’
    • ‘That's one reason the book won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for non-fiction.’
    • ‘Do you find yourself becoming quite a different person writing fiction as opposed to non-fiction?’
    • ‘These became regular features and drew on both non-fiction and fictional material.’
    • ‘Although the line between fiction and non-fiction in this book is thin, there is nothing wrong with that.’
    • ‘We'll be looking at all kinds of storytelling, poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction.’
    • ‘Austin has written three novels and co-authored four non-fiction books.’
    • ‘My writing non-fiction short stories has been the most healing thing I have ever done in my entire lifetime.’
    • ‘There are few finer pasttimes than gauging the trends in literary non-fiction.’
    • ‘It might come as a surprise to my readers to hear that I am a rather dedicated fan of non-fiction.’
    • ‘Integrating fiction with non-fiction is no easy feat, but these would be valuable additions to any school book collection.’
    • ‘It could be fiction or non-fiction, horror or fantasy or prose or epic poetry.’
    • ‘While the emphasis this year is on non-fiction, prose fans are not being neglected.’
    • ‘He seems to be creating fiction from non-fiction and non-fiction from fiction.’
    • ‘His lifelong concern with the South also pervades most of his non-fiction prose works.’
    • ‘If they start naming off non-fiction books by journalists, I ask them about fiction.’
    • ‘Mukherjee has authored five novels, two non-fiction books and two collections of short stories.’
    • ‘We have come a long way but there is a lot further to go with both our non-fiction and our fiction.’
    • ‘The middle classes are the most avid readers of novels, non-fiction and even poetry.’

Pronunciation

nonfiction

/ˌnɑnˈfɪkʃ(ə)n//ˌnänˈfikSH(ə)n/