doc·​u·​men·​tar·​i·​an ˌdä-kyə-mən-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce documentarian (audio)
: one who makes a documentary

Examples of documentarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The documentarians have a list of questions, but Fife instead launches into a monologue directed at his wife, who stands behind the camera. Stephen Rodrick, Variety, 9 May 2024 The feature-length film that debuted at last year’s Tribeca Festival in New York was directed by Emmy-winning documentarian Alison Ellwood (Laurel Canyon) and will debut on Paramount+ on June 4. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 8 May 2024 Recently, Emmy-winning documentarian Ken Burns compared Cowboy Carter to The White Album, citing both records’ extensive exploration of different musical genres. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 4 Apr. 2024 Images, even photographs, are not necessarily accurate depictions of reality, and this is hardly a secret to photographers or documentarians. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, 13 Mar. 2024 At a press conference at the opening of the latest property in the Edition hotel empire—the Riviera Maya Edition at Kanai just outside Cancún, Mexico—documentarian Matt Tyrnauer recounted a revealing anecdote about Studio 54 impresario Ian Schrager. Jocelyn Silver, Vogue, 8 Mar. 2024 Reiner will reprise his role as the documentarian following Spinal Tap in the original movie, Marty DeBergi; Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer are reprising their roles as David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel, and Derek Smalls, respectively. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 26 Mar. 2024 Normally, a documentarian with access to a celebrity of Martin’s caliber would pick a focus, or else try to generate some kind of career-encompassing overview. Peter Debruge, Variety, 26 Mar. 2024 But documentarians, at least, seem to be somewhat cushioned from blowback. Jada Yuan, Washington Post, 29 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of documentarian was in 1943

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“Documentarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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