[ri-pawr-tij, -pohr-, rep-awr-tahzh, -er-]


the act or technique of reporting news.
reported news collectively: reportage on the war.
a written account of an act, event, history, etc., based on direct observation or on thorough research and documentation.

Origin of reportage

From French, dating back to 1605–15; see origin at report, -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of reportage

  • Even the Diary derives its whole charm from the matter and the reportage.

    The English Novel

    George Saintsbury

British Dictionary definitions for reportage



the act or process of reporting news or other events of general interest
a journalist's style of reporting
a technique of documentary film or photo journalism that tells a story entirely through pictures
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for reportage

"the describing of events," 1877; see report (v.) + -age. From 1881 as a French word in English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper