Commentary definition

kŏmən-tĕrē
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A historical narrative based on personal experience.

Caesar's Commentaries.

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Explanation or interpretation in the form of a series of comments or observations.
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A series of remarks or observations, usually connected in a loose narrative.
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A series of explanatory notes or annotations, often forming a treatise on a text.
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An apt explanation or illustration.

A scandal that is a sad commentary on national politics.

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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.

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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.

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An expository treatise or series of annotations; an exegesis.

A commentary on Plato's Republic ; biblical commentaries.

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A narrative of historical events of which one has personal experience.

Caesar's commentaries on the war in Gaul.

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Something having the force of a comment, remark, or illustration.
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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.

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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.
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An oral description of an event, especially broadcast by television or radio, as it occurs.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
commentary
Plural:
commentaries

Origin of commentary

  • From Middle French commentaire, from Latin commentarius, commentarium (“note book”), confer French commentaire. See comment.

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