foot·​age ˈfu̇-tij How to pronounce footage (audio)
: recorded video material
A camerawoman from Channel 12 shows up to grab some footage for the evening news.Bari Walsh
Video footage posted online shows him daring an audience member to fight …Latifah Muhammad
Ramsay uses security footage from inside and outside of the brownstone to detail Joe's actions.Kyle Turner
The documentary series that presents archival images and film footage in color continues, this week focusing on memorable events from the 1940s.Kristi Turnquist
: length or quantity expressed in feet: such as
: the total number of running feet of motion-picture film used (as for a scene or subject)
The people of Hiroshima had a fund-raising campaign to purchase footage from films taken by American photographers …. They calculated they could purchase ten feet of footage for one thousand yen …Ruth Ann Keyso and Masahide Ota

Examples of footage in a Sentence

Some disturbing footage of the war was shown on the evening news.
Recent Examples on the Web Surveillance footage captured two men cutting a ball lock off the 20-foot trailer before attaching it to a white van and driving away, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. Harrison Mantas, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 20 Feb. 2024 Video footage shows two men jumping out of an SUV and firing into the house, Fitzgerald said. Lauren Liebhaber, Kansas City Star, 20 Feb. 2024 Video footage from Kibbutz Beeri on October 7 shows an UNRWA employee, Faisal Ali Musalam Naami, joined by another terrorist, loading a body into an SUV previously seen in Naami's social media posts. Forbes International, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Video footage obtained by FOX 26 shows McDougal in Livingston on Feb. 16 prior to his arrest. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 19 Feb. 2024 As fan video footage showed, Bono began by speaking about busking in a Kyiv subway in Ukraine a couple of months before Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded the country. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 18 Feb. 2024 Finner said video footage of the incident will help determine who injured the child. Ashley R. Williams, Jeanne Bonner and Raja Razek, CNN, 18 Feb. 2024 Video footage shows clinic staff carrying out large garbage bins. Cara Tabachnick, CBS News, 17 Feb. 2024 Surveillance footage showed Ream and Hurd walk past each other outside without speaking. Jasmine Hilton, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of footage was in 1842

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“Footage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: length measured in feet
: scenes or action recorded on film or video

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