documentary

adjective
doc·​u·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌdä-kyə-ˈmen-tə-rē How to pronounce documentary (audio) , -ˈmen-trē, -kyü- \

Definition of documentary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being or consisting of documents : contained or certified in writing documentary evidence
2 : of, relating to, or employing documentation (see documentation sense 2) in literature or art broadly : factual, objective a documentary film of the war

documentary

noun
plural documentaries

Definition of documentary (Entry 2 of 2)

: a presentation (such as a film or novel) expressing or dealing with factual events : a documentary presentation

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Other Words from documentary

Adjective

documentarily \ ˌdä-​kyə-​mən-​ˈter-​ə-​lē How to pronounce documentary (audio) , -​ˌmen-​ , -​kyü-​ \ adverb

Examples of documentary in a Sentence

Adjective You must present documentary proof of your residence. a documentary film about the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor Noun We watched a documentary on the early history of jazz.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Watch Episode 3 of Fernandomania @ 40, a documentary series looking at Valenzuela’s effect on the Dodgers, Major League Baseball and the Latino community in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: Second round of $600 stimulus checks could benefit 2 out of 3 Californians," 11 May 2021 Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey's documentary series focusing on mental health awareness is heading to Apple TV+ later this month. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry and Oprah’s Docuseries Arrives This Month on Apple TV+," 10 May 2021 So who better to hype up season 3 of Vice TV's Dark Side of the Ring than the wrestling documentary series' narrator, veteran grappler Chris Jericho? Clark Collis, EW.com, "Wrestling legend Chris Jericho teases Dark Side of the Ring season 3," 5 May 2021 Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry's documentary series on mental health will drop on Apple TV+ later this month. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey's Mental Health Documentary Has a Release Date," 4 May 2021 The network later produced a documentary series based on the trip. Anchorage Daily News, "FBI told Giuliani and key Trump ally in Senate of Russian disinformation campaign," 30 Apr. 2021 The six-part short-form documentary series follows the powerful stories of resilient young women around the globe. Anne Easton, Forbes, "‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot Wants To Make A Real ‘IMPACT’ With New Series Highlighting Extraordinary Women," 26 Apr. 2021 The eight-episode documentary series follows Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, above, who exposed a secret that deeply rattled the police department. Washington Post, "What the watch on Tuesday: ‘Philly D.A.’ on PBS," 20 Apr. 2021 Archewell Productions is partnering with the Invictus Games, an Olympics-style sports competition for sick and injured members and veterans of the military, to produce a documentary series titled Heart of Invictus. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's First Netflix Series Is Deeply Personal," 6 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Quarantining at her mother’s house, in Newport Beach, California, surrounded by relics from her childhood, Linden, who is twenty-nine and an M.F.A. student at Stanford, considered making a documentary about her relationship with her sister, Paige. The New Yorker, "The Silent Song of a Mother’s Battle with Addiction," 12 May 2021 Dubbed the Black Godfather, a Netflix documentary about him premiered in 2019. NBC News, "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2021 inductees include Tina Turner, Jay-Z, Foo Fighters," 12 May 2021 The pioneering new wave group earns induction following a push that began with the release of a Showtime documentary last summer. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021 offers something for everyone," 12 May 2021 Oasis has announced a feature-length concert documentary on their historic appearance at Knebworth in August 1996. Claire Shaffer, Rolling Stone, "Oasis Announces Knebworth Concert Documentary," 11 May 2021 Her rich and active life compelled San Diego artist and videographer Holly Jane Sutor to produce a 24-minute biographical documentary on Hyacinthe that debuted May 6 and is now available online at www. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Child prodigy broke barriers for women in the art world," 11 May 2021 In 2018, Sharma earned the 2018 Edward R. Murrow award along with her teammates for a NowThis documentary on the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Los Angeles Times, "After its last editor quit over racist tweets, Teen Vogue tries again," 10 May 2021 Reach out to them to discuss a new Netflix documentary about yoga. Thor Ernstsson, Forbes, "High-Impact Relationships: How CEOs Can Help The Business," 10 May 2021 Meghan has also narrated a documentary for Disney+. BostonGlobe.com, "Oprah, Prince Harry reunite for Apple TV+ mental health show," 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of documentary

Adjective

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for documentary

Adjective

see document entry 1

Noun

see document entry 1

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The first known use of documentary was in 1802

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“Documentary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/documentary. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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documentary

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of documentary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: consisting of documents : written down

documentary

noun

English Language Learners Definition of documentary (Entry 2 of 2)

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

documentary

noun
doc·​u·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌdä-kyə-ˈmen-tə-rē How to pronounce documentary (audio) , -ˈmen-trē \
plural documentaries

Kids Definition of documentary

: a film that tells the facts about something

documentary

adjective
doc·​u·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌdä-kyə-ˈmen-tə-rē How to pronounce documentary (audio) \

Legal Definition of documentary

: being, consisting of, or contained in documents documentary evidence

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