- 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.
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.
- 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
- [usually pl.] 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 commentaries a. 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.