Definition of commentary
1a : an explanatory treatise —usually used in plural <Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England>b : 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 Comedy>b : 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 Overstreet>b : 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.
Origin and Etymology of commentary
First Known Use: 15th century
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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