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
As the on-screen graphics, recorded narration and live commentary from the SeaWorld trainers explain orca behaviors and the science behind them, the whales swimming in the stadium’s pool give audiences a live demonstration.
His partner, Cris Collinsworth, will continue to provide commentary on both Sunday and Thursday games when NBC's portion of the NFL Thursday schedule kicks in on Nov. 9.
Last week, Marie Shieh wrote a guest commentary in The Star affirming President Donald Trump’s position that the Australian health care system is better than America’s.
Most movement conservatives not only ignored talk-radio’s failures, but kept abiding the most vile populist commentary as the Obama administration began.
The orchestra performed songs from various cultures — including Klezmer/Jewish, Latin/Cuban and jazz/American — with Kula giving commentary between each song.
Frank Deford, who mined the sports world for human stories and told them with literary grace over six decades in Sports Illustrated, a shelf of books and many years of radio and television commentary, died on Sunday at his home in Key West, Fla.
Follow our live coverage, analysis and commentary above as the Mariners (21-28) face the Red Sox (26-21) in the second game of a three-game series in Boston.
As controversial as Waters' Desert Trip performance was, his most biting commentaries were left on the cutting room floor.
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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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