Meaning of “fiction” in the English Dictionary

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"fiction" in British English

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fictionnoun

uk /ˈfɪk.ʃən/ us /ˈfɪk.ʃən/

B1 [ U ] the type of book or story that is written about imaginary characters and events and not based on real people and facts:

The book is a work of fiction and not intended as a historical account.
a writer of children's fiction

C1 [ C or U ] a false report or statement that you pretend is true:

[ + that ] At work she kept up the fiction that she had a university degree.
When he's telling you something, you never know what's fact and what's fiction.

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(Definition of “fiction” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fiction" in American English

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fictionnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈfɪk·ʃən/

literature the type of book or story that is written about imaginary characters and events and does not describe real people or deal with facts, or a false report or statement that you pretend is true:

[ U ] She wrote detective fiction and made a good living at it.
[ C usually sing ] It was a fiction, though widely believed, that he had once been rich.
fictional
adjective [ not gradable ] us /ˈfɪk·ʃə·nəl/

The characters in the movie are purely fictional.

(Definition of “fiction” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)