- 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.
commentary definition by Webster's New World
noun pl. commentaries
- 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: Classical Latin commentarius, notebook, annotation ; from commentari: see comment
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- commentarial adjective
commentary definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. com·men·tar·ies
- A series of explanations or interpretations.
- An expository treatise or series of annotations; an exegesis. Often used in the plural.
- An apt explanation or illustration: a scandal that is a sad commentary on national politics.
- A personal narrative; a memoir. Often used in the plural.
- comˌmen·tarˈi·al adjective