Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

documentary

play
adjective doc·u·men·ta·ry \-ˈmen-tə-rē, -ˈmen-trē\

Simple Definition of documentary

  • : consisting of documents : written down

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of documentary

  1. 1 :  being or consisting of documents :  contained or certified in writing <documentary evidence>

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or employing documentation in literature or art; broadly :  factual, objective <a documentary film of the war>

documentarily play \-mən-ˈter-ə-lē, -ˌmen-\ adverb

Examples of documentary in a sentence

  1. You must present documentary proof of your residence.

  2. <a documentary film about the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor>



1802

First Known Use of documentary

1802


2

documentary

noun, doc·u·men·ta·ry

Simple Definition of documentary

  • : a movie or television program that tells the facts about actual people and events

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of documentary

plural documentaries

  1. :  a documentary presentation (as a film or novel)

Examples of documentary in a sentence

  1. We watched a documentary on the early history of jazz.



1935

First Known Use of documentary

1935

Other Performing Arts Terms


DOCUMENTARY Defined for Kids

documentary

play
noun doc·u·men·ta·ry \ˌdä-kyə-ˈmen-tə-rē, -ˈmen-trē\

Definition of documentary for Students

plural documentaries

  1. :  a film that tells the facts about something




Law Dictionary

documentary

play
adjective doc·u·men·ta·ry \ˌdä-kyə-ˈmen-tə-rē\

Legal Definition of documentary

  1. :  being, consisting of, or contained in documents <documentary evidence>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up documentary? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to expose to danger or risk

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ