noun com·men·tary \ˈkä-mən-ˌter-ē, -ˌte-rē\

: spoken or written discussion in which people express opinions about someone or something

: a spoken description of an event (such as a sports contest) as it is happening

: something that shows or makes a statement about the true state or condition of something

plural com·men·tar·ies

Full Definition of COMMENTARY

a :  an explanatory treatise —usually used in plural
b :  a record of events usually written by a participant —usually used in plural
a :  a systematic series of explanations or interpretations (as of a writing)
b :  comment 2
a :  something that serves for illustration or explanation <the dark, airless apartments and sunless factories … are a sad commentary upon our civilization — H. A. Overstreet>
b :  an expression of opinion

Examples of COMMENTARY

  1. The television show features political commentary by well-known journalists.
  2. The magazine includes humor and social commentary.
  3. The book is a commentary on her experiences abroad.
  4. I like listening to his social commentaries.
  5. He provided commentary during the game.
  6. The major television stations provided running commentaries on the election results.

First Known Use of COMMENTARY

15th century

Rhymes with COMMENTARY

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