- The definition of commentary is discussion of opinion about something that is going on, or a spoken account of some event as it is happening, or a set of notes or explanations about something.
- When a political pundit is discussing the president's vote on a new bill, this is an example of political commentary.
- When a golf announcer narrates a major golf tournament, describing each player's shots and talking about his score, this is an example of commentary.
- When there is a DVD-director's cut of a movie that is accompanied by the director explaining his choices, this explanation is an example of commentary.
- a series of explanatory notes or annotations, often forming a treatise on a text
- a series of remarks or observations, usually connected in a loose narrative
- something having the force of a comment, remark, or illustration
- a historical narrative based on personal experience: Caesar's Commentaries
Origin of commentaryClassical Latin commentarius, notebook, annotation ; from commentari: see comment
- a. Explanation or interpretation in the form of a series of comments or observations: “The Spectator was a widely appreciated model of urbane social commentary mingled with popularized philosophy” (Leo Damrosch).b. An ongoing series of spoken remarks, especially during a television or radio broadcast of an event: Two retired players did the commentary for the game.
- An apt explanation or illustration: a scandal that is a sad commentary on national politics.
- often commentariesa. An expository treatise or series of annotations; an exegesis: a commentary on Plato's Republic; biblical commentaries.b. A narrative of historical events of which one has personal experience: Caesar's commentaries on the war in Gaul.
- A series of comments or annotations; especially, a book of explanations or expositions on the whole or a part of some other work.
- This letter . . . was published by him with a severe commentary. -Henry Hallam.
- A brief account of transactions or events written hastily, as if for a memorandum; -- usually in the plural; as, Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic War.
- An oral description of an event, especially broadcast by television or radio, as it occurs.