Definition of documentary in English:


Syllabification: doc·u·men·ta·ry
Pronunciation: /ˌdäkyəˈmentərē


  • 1Consisting of official pieces of written, printed, or other matter: his book is based on documentary sources
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    • We had told Mr Blunkett's officials about our irrefutable documentary evidence before he wrote his article.
    • The discussion so far has been mainly based upon literary and documentary evidence.
    • His published record was the first documentary evidence in Europe of the existence of the New World.
    recorded, documented, registered, written, chronicled, archived, on record, on paper, in writing
  • 1.1(Of a movie, a television or radio program, or photography) using pictures or interviews with people involved in real events to provide a factual record or report: he has directed documentary shorts and feature films
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    • Loach also commented that the use of documentary elements reflected the programme's scheduling.
    • He belonged to the generation of broadcasters who saw documentary reporting as the highest possible calling.
    • On the last day, the subjects went to a law school where they saw a documentary re-enactment of a real rape trial.

noun (plural documentaries)

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  • A movie or a television or radio program that provides a factual record or report.
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    • In the last month he has been the subject of two television documentaries.
    • There are many books, films and documentaries on the subject of widows in India.
    • His exploits are to be screened on two television documentaries about the sport.
    factual program, factual film; program, film, broadcast; mockumentary, shockumentary

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