Definition of commentary
1a : an explanatory treatise —usually used in plural Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of Englandb : a record of events usually written by a participant —usually used in plural Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic War
2a : a systematic series of explanations or interpretations (as of a writing) a commentary on Dante's Divine Comedyb : comment 2
3a : something that serves for illustration or explanation The dark, airless apartments and sunless factories … are a sad commentary upon our civilization. — Harry Allen Overstreetb : an expression of opinion The magazine article is a commentary on cyberbullying.
Examples of commentary in a Sentence
The television show features political commentary by well-known journalists.
The magazine includes humor and social commentary.
The book is a commentary on her experiences abroad.
I like listening to his social commentaries.
He provided commentary during the game.
The major television stations provided running commentaries on the election results.
Recent Examples of commentary from the Web
His commentary, during such crises as are merely suggested by mentioning Budapest, Suez, Berlin, the Bay of Pigs, Vietnam, was sustained by the workings of a great mind.
Trump's tweet — and his persistent prior commentary on Chicago — could reflect genuine unease at the dysfunction of America's third largest city, and Huckabee Sanders's subsequent comment could be viewed as a moralistic analysis of violence.
That back-and-forth commentary, all taking place in public view, would then be evaluated and written up by a commission.
That hint of artifice is necessary for this film, which is more social commentary than social realism.
Yet each commentary, produced on a shoestring with a couple of part-timers and a freelance teleprompter operator, is said to average about 3 million viewers across multiple platforms.
Even former White House photographer Pete Souza couldn't resist jumping in with his own subtle commentary.
Van Susteren’s conservative commentary apparently never gained the same traction.
Chaffetz will provide commentary on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network's daytime and primetime programs, according to a statement from the network.
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COMMENTARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of commentary for English Language Learners
: 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
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