[dok-yuh-men-tair-ee-uh n, -muh n-]
  1. Movies, Television. a filmmaker, producer, etc., who specializes in documentaries.
  2. a writer, photographer, or other artist whose work constitutes a document or documentary of an aspect of life.
Also doc·u·men·ta·rist [dok-yuh-men-ter-ist] /ˌdɒk yəˈmɛn tər ɪst/.

Origin of documentarian

First recorded in 1940–45; document(ary) + -arian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. mainly US a person who makes documentary films
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