cinema verité

ci·​ne·​ma ve·​ri·​té | \ ˈsi-nə-mə-ˌver-i-ˈtā How to pronounce cinema verité (audio) , si-nā-ˈmä-ve-rē-ˈtā How to pronounce cinema verité (audio) \

Definition of cinema verité

: the art or technique of filming a motion picture so as to convey candid realism

Examples of cinema verité in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The film also explores the nature of truth and our perceptions of reality, capturing a feeling of cinema verite in its seemingly casual structure, gaps in the narrative, temporal leaps and rough sound and image. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Bikini Moon': Film Review | Shanghai 2018," 27 June 2018 Eschewing formal interviews, the filmmakers shot the movie cinema verite style. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Chicago Reader, "State basketball powerhouse Orr Academy’s incredible rise to glory bared in gripping new film," 12 Mar. 2018 Last Man in Aleppo A searing cinema verite look at the Syrian city destroyed by war, and the search for survivors. Nick Vadala,, "Where to stream 2018's Oscar movies," 23 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cinema verité.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of cinema verité

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cinema verité

French cinéma-vérité, literally, cinema-truth, translation of Russian kinopravda

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cinema verité

Time Traveler for cinema verité

Time Traveler

The first known use of cinema verité was in 1961

See more words from the same year

Statistics for cinema verité

Cite this Entry

“Cinema verité.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Comments on cinema verité

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


Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!