semi·​doc·​u·​men·​ta·​ry ˌse-mē-ˌdä-kyə-ˈmen-tə-rē How to pronounce semidocumentary (audio)
: a motion picture that uses many details taken from actual events or situations in presenting a fictional story
semidocumentary adjective

Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of semidocumentary was in 1939

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“Semidocumentary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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