- a making up of imaginary happenings; feigning
- anything made up or imagined, as a statement, story, etc.
- literary narratives, collectively, which portray imaginary characters or events, specif. novels and short stories
- a narrative of this kind
- something accepted as fact for the sake of convenience, although not necessarily true
Origin of fictionMiddle English ficcioun from Old French fiction from Classical Latin fictio, a making, counterfeiting from past participle of fingere, to form, mold: see dough