From King Dictionary of Contemporary English documentary doc‧u‧men‧ta‧ry 1 / ˌdɒkjəˈmentəri◂ $ ˌdɑːk- / ●●○ noun ( plural documentaries ) [countable ] AM a film or a television or radio programme that gives detailed information about a particular subject documentary on/about A local film crew is making a documentary about volcanoes. ► see thesaurus at movie , programme Examples from the Corpus documentary • A documentary on the interviews will run on Monday on the Turner Broadcasting System. • It was time, as a city documentary of the period declared, to root the cancer out. • Since it opened, the Centre has received much positive publicity, including a recent documentary on Channel Four. • Filmmaker Mandy Jacobson was working on the documentary at the time and had run out of money. • The documentary explores the success of a Jewish sect intent on keeping ancient traditions alive. • He made a TV documentary about the flower children of the sixties. • a fly-on-the-wall documentary about teenage pregnancy making ... documentary • We are not making a documentary - get him on side if you can. documentary documentary 2 adjective [only before noun ] 1 AM documentary films, programmes, photographs etc give or show information about a particular subject documentary films 2 PROVE consisting of or written on documents documentary evidence/proof One of the most useful sources of documentary evidence is maps. Examples from the Corpus documentary • The memoirs and documentary editions published reflected a relatively wide range of Marxist approaches. • Lehder provided no documentary evidence to support his claims. • I was examining teachers and teaching in one school using such methods as participant observation, unstructured interviews and documentary evidence. • Repetitive slapstick, it has the charm of earliest documentary film. • A documentary programme could form the basis for discussion in the weekly slot for communicative activities. • So this element in documentary programmes is a good source of examples of authentic, spontaneous speech. • No one would trust a documentary series about labor unions paid for entirely by union funds. documentary evidence/proof • Only Hangleton, now buried beneath Hove, has been adequately excavated and the archaeological work related to documentary evidence. • The main input to the review process is documentary evidence. • The principal methods of investigation are interviewing and the collation of documentary evidence. • This includes obtaining access through a judge, prior to charging a suspect, to bank accounts and other documentary evidence. • In carrying out the work, the research will draw on both the available documentary evidence and on interviews with key actors. • Recently published documentary evidence enables one to support these possibly tenuous impressions with fact, however. • A party intending to rely on documentary evidence in proceedings under the Children Act must disclose this in advance. • There are specific statutory powers to admit certain types of documentary evidence particularly relevant to child care cases.