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[ dok-yuh-men-tuh-ree, -tree ]


  1. Also doc·u·men·tal [] pertaining to, consisting of, or derived from documents:

    a documentary history of France.

  2. Movies, Television. based on or re-creating an actual event, era, life story, etc., that purports to be factually accurate and contains no fictional elements:

    a documentary life of Gandhi.


, plural doc·u·men·ta·ries.
  1. Movies, Television. a documentary film, radio or television program, etc.


/ ˌdɒkjʊˈmɛntərɪ; -trɪ /


  1. Alsodocumental consisting of, derived from, or relating to documents
  2. presenting factual material with little or no fictional additions

    the book gives a documentary account of the war


  1. a factual film or television programme about an event, person, etc, presenting the facts with little or no fiction
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Derived Forms

  • ˌdocuˈmentarily, adverb
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Other Words From

  • docu·men·tari·ly adverb
  • nondoc·u·mental adjective
  • nondoc·u·menta·ry adjective noun plural nondocumentaries
  • predoc·u·menta·ry adjective
  • semi·docu·menta·ry adjective noun plural semidocumentaries
  • undoc·u·menta·ry adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of documentary1

First recorded in 1795–1805; document + -ary
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Example Sentences

The couple, also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will produce an array of works including scripted and documentary series, documentary films, scripted features and children’s programming, the company said in an emailed statement Wednesday.

From Fortune

In 2016, Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov, the daughter of Edward Kutznetsov and Sylva Zalmanson, the only woman charged in the hijacking, directed Operation Wedding, a documentary about the event.

From Ozy

Among the projects in the works is a feature-length documentary that will not feature Shopify’s brand nor any merchants that use its e-commerce platform, North said.

From Digiday

A typical week might include doing a research roundup for our Monday show, helping book a guest for a Thursday show and pulling archival audio for a long-term documentary project.

I read A Brief History of Time, and I saw some documentaries about Hawking.

The documentary also follows the fortunes of Consuelo Yznaga, later Duchess of Manchester.

The claim is one of a series of allegations made in a controversial documentary that the BBC has now pulled.

This came across in the Showtime Omit the Logic documentary—in which you were a commentator—and it comes across here.

I was looking to make a documentary, I wanted to change my career, and I knew right away this was it.

She also captured the entire episode in her riveting, award-worthy documentary Citizenfour, which is in theaters now.

There is no documentary evidence to fix the exact date, but it is generally assumed to have been 907.

The first documentary evidence of the existence of the merchant gild appears in 1242.

To do this has rendered my history, to a large extent, documentary, instead of being a mere popular narrative.

Briefly it would be necessary for him to go to London, to secure documentary evidence.

"My husband is coming from London," she asserted, searching in her reticule for documentary evidence.


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