Documentary - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌdɑːkjuˈmentri|  American pronunciation of the word documentary
Brit.  |dɒkjʊˈmɛnt(ə)ri|  British pronunciation of the word documentary


- a film or TV program presenting the facts about a person or event (syn: docudrama, infotainment)


- (of film, television, radio, or photography) depicting a real-life event using images or interviews with people involved in the event


You must present documentary proof of your residence.

...a documentary film about the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor...

We watched a documentary on the early history of jazz.

A local film crew is making a documentary about volcanoes.

One of the most useful sources of documentary evidence is maps.

...watched a documentary on how wolves rear their young...

...the townspeople were offended by the documentary's portrayal of them as an unwashed mass of chawbacons...

...a documentary examining the demimonde to which homosexuals were relegated before the start of the gay rights movement...

The documentary opens with a disclaimer that many of its scenes are “fictional re-creations” of real events.

...the obvious intent of the documentary was to impassion viewers to do something about global warming...

a documentary narrated by a famous actor

They got a famous actor to do the narration for the documentary.

...nature lovers will be raptured by the documentary's breathtaking cinematography...

The documentary recaptures the social tensions of the 1960s.

Her documentary casts serious doubt on Gilligan's conviction.

Word forms

singular: documentary
plural: documentaries
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