Latin fictus, past participle of fingere 'to shape, make'
1 [uncountable]ALbooks and stories about imaginary people and events [≠ non-fiction]:
2 [countable]something that people want you to believe is true but which is not true:
preserving the fiction of his happy childhood
WORD FOCUS: book WORD FOCUS: book a book about imaginary events:novel, thriller, mystery, horror story, love story, detective story, whodunit books about imaginary events in general:fiction, science fiction, romantic fiction, crime fiction, chick litinformal famous or important novels, poems etc :literature books about real events:non-fiction a book that gives information:reference book, encyclopedia, textbook a book about someone's life:biography, autobiography, journal, diary someone who writes books:writer, author, novelist a book with a hard cover:hardback /hardcoverAmerican English a book with a cover made of paper or card:paperback ➔ See alsobook
Definition of fiction from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English within the topic LITERATURE