from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that makes documentaries or a documentary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person whose profession is to create documentary films.


documentary +‎ -an (Wiktionary)


  • It would only apply to the established documentary community; the likelihood of misuse by a documentarian is low; the community is professional, thoughtful, and responsible about fair use.

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  • But the documentarian is also smart enough to address the journalistic quandry of Thompson’s writing as well as its legend.

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  • But Mr. Hickenlooper was perhaps best known as a documentarian whose 1991 film, "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse," gave viewers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of director Francis Ford Coppola as he struggled with huge cost overruns and his own self-doubt to make the war epic "Apocalypse Now."

    George Hickenlooper dies: Emmy-winning director was 47

  • John Muir was a veritable botanical kleptomaniac and meticulous documentarian, which is handy considering the Muir exhibition, "Nature's Beloved Son," running through Sept. 25.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • With all the pressing issues affecting the U.S., Kirby believes that the voice of the documentarian is an important one and Sundance is crucial for allowing them that platform.

    Reuters: Press Release

  • Supposedly polarizing figures, such as documentarian Michael Moore who had produced the anti-Bush film "Fahrenheit 9-11," were kept at arm's length.

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  • The film is elaborately restrained, with a kind of documentarian's clampdown on dramatic or narrative temperature, and yet I found it involving.

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  • Folman makes several irresponsible decisions as a "documentarian", but for me this is the worst of all.

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  • During this era, a new kind of documentarian emerged: the Hollywood still photographer.

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  • Super Size Me, where the very body of the documentarian is the subject of the documentary itself.)

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