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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 ​imaginarycharacters and ​events and not ​based on ​realpeople and ​facts: The ​book is a work of fiction and not ​intended as a ​historicalaccount. a ​writer of children's fiction
C1 [C or U] a ​falsereport or ​statement that you ​pretend is ​true: [+ that] At ​work she ​kept up the fiction that she had a ​universitydegree. 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)

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fictionnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈfɪk·ʃən/
literature the ​type of ​book or ​story that is written about ​imaginarycharacters and ​events and does not ​describerealpeople or ​deal with ​facts, or a ​falsereport or ​statement that you ​pretend is ​true: [U] She ​wrotedetective fiction and made a good ​living at it. [C usually sing] It was a fiction, though ​widelybelieved, 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)
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