AskDefine | Define documentary

Dictionary Definition

documentary adj : relating to or consisting of or derived from documents [syn: documental] n : a film or TV program presenting the facts about a person or event [syn: docudrama, documentary film, infotainment]

User Contributed Dictionary



From documentaire.


  • a UK /ˌdɒk.jəˈmɛn.tri/|/ˌdɒk.jʊˈmɛn.tri//
  • a UK /ˌdɑː.kjəˈmɛn.tɚ.i/|/ˌdɑː.kjʊˈmɛn.tɚ.i//


  1. Of, related to, or based on documents.
  2. That serves to document something.
  3. In the context of "of a film, book etc": Presented objectively without the insertion of fictional matter.


of, relared to or based on documents/that serves to document something
presented objectively without the insertion of fictional matter


  1. A film, TV program, book etc that presents a social, political, scientific or historical subject in a factual or informative manner.


Extensive Definition

A documentary is a creative work of non-fiction, including:
Related terms include:
The word documentary is also an adjective meaning "related to, or based on, documents". For example:
Examples of Documentary being used as a title include:
documentary in German: Dokumentation (Begriffsklärung)
list of documentaries

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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