Definition of documentary in English:


Line breaks: docu|men¦tary
Pronunciation: /dɒkjʊˈmɛnt(ə)ri


  • 2Using pictures or interviews with people involved in real events to provide a factual report on a particular subject: a documentary programme about Manchester United
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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 film or television or radio programme that provides a factual report on a particular subject.
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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 programme, factual film; programme, film, report, presentation, broadcast, transmission

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