Definition of commentary noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒməntri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmənteri//
    (pl. commentaries) commentary (on something) Radio broadcasting, Producing TV shows
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a spoken description of an event that is given while it is happening, especially on the radio or television a sports commentary Our reporters will give a running commentary (= a continuous one) on the election results as they are announced. He kept up a running commentary on everyone who came in or went out. See related entries: Radio broadcasting, Producing TV shows
  2. 2[countable] a written explanation or discussion of something such as a book or a play a critical commentary on the final speech of the play
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] a criticism or discussion of something The petty quarrels were a sad commentary on the state of the government. The movie is a biting commentary on contemporary life in a big city. political commentary
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin commentarius, commentarium (adjective, used as a noun), from commentari, frequentative of comminisci ‘devise’.Extra examples I was listening to the radio commentary on the game. She kept up a running commentary on the festivities. The deleted scenes have an optional commentary by the director. The novel provides a powerful social commentary on post-war Germany. The station provided live commentary on the African Nations Cup. the reporters in the commentary box He kept up a running commentary on everyone who came in. He wrote a commentary on Paul’s letters to the Romans. The film is part love story and part social commentary. a sports commentary on the radio
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