doc·​u·​men·​tar·​i·​an | \ ˌdä-kyə-mən-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce documentarian (audio) , -ˌmen-, -kyü- \

Definition of documentarian

: one who makes a documentary

Examples of documentarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ken Burns turned his famous documentarian's eye to a distinct piece of Americana in this calming chronicle of the rise of country music. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus: 100 TV shows that will keep you streaming for weeks of social distancing," 26 Mar. 2020 The dual roles of soldier and documentarian, participant and observer, must be difficult to reconcile for any combat photographer. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "“Relentless Absurdity”: An Army Photographer’s Censored Images," 19 Jan. 2020 If so, maybe this is a sign that Kevin's ex-girlfriend Zoe (who worked as a documentarian) will come back into his life. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "A Clever 'This Is Us' Fan Noticed a Tiny Detail About Kevin’s House and Just Upped His Storyline," 19 Feb. 2020 Shippy, who is also a rapper with the stage name Prozak, is a longtime documentarian and has been a paranormal investigator for about 14 years. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "Travel Channel explores Michigan haunting in new series," 25 Jan. 2020 Lory, 27, is a freelance documentarian who also waits tables in central Paris. Jess Mchugh, Fortune, "After a Violent ‘Yellow Vest’ Anniversary, What’s Next for the Movement?," 25 Nov. 2019 Liz Garbus, ‘Lost Girls’ Garbus, a veteran documentarian, is making her narrative feature debut with a drama (due March 13) about the case of unsolved serial killings on Long Island. John Anderson, New York Times, "‘Look Up Here!’: 5 Female Directors Reject the Male Gaze," 6 Mar. 2020 Working with an actor in this way was new to erstwhile documentarian Green. Tyler Aquilina,, "The Assistant is not just about Harvey Weinstein, says star Julia Garner and director Kitty Green," 22 Jan. 2020 The documentarian trained his lens on a 1965 Bob Dylan tour, Bill Clinton's war room and the cast of Sondheim’s 'Company' recording the original cast album. Cheryl Cheng, Billboard, "D.A. Pennebaker, Master of Cinema Verite, Dies at 94," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of documentarian

1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for documentarian

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“Documentarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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