com·​men·​ta·​tor | \ ˈkä-mən-ˌtā-tər How to pronounce commentator (audio) \

Definition of commentator

: one who provides commentary: such as
a : one who reports and discusses news (as on television)
b : a sportscaster who provides commentary during live events a color commentator

Examples of commentator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The conference will include panelists such as Melissa Etheridge as well as Dream Corps founder and political commentator Van Jones, along with a roster of healthcare, policy, culture, business and psychedelic leaders. Benjamin Adams, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 Political commentator Dave Rubin called out the Democratic leader for her glaring double standard on Twitter Thursday. Yael Halon, Fox News, 10 Sep. 2021 Mitch Landrieu is the founder and president of E Pluribus Unum, former mayor of New Orleans, former lieutenant governor of Louisiana and a CNN political commentator. Mitch Landrieu, CNN, 2 Sep. 2021 Political commentator Ana Navarro will also continue in her role as a recurring cohost this season. Lynette Rice,, 2 Sep. 2021 Abbott already faces primary challenges from conservative political commentator Chad Prather, wealthy real estate developer and former state Sen. Don Huffines, and former state GOP chair Allen West, a one-term Florida congressman. Emily Caldwell, Dallas News, 24 July 2021 The conservative commentator, 36, will now be working for the Daily Mailwebsite as a columnist, the outlet announced Thursday. Greta Bjornson,, 9 Sep. 2021 But for one royal commentator, a reconciliation won't be that easy to navigate. Iris Goldsztajn, Marie Claire, 1 Sep. 2021 Despite a distinguished career as a legal commentator, scholar, and law professor at Beijing’s Tsinghua University, Xu’s record of outspoken criticism led first to his suspension and then, last year, his dismissal from his university post. Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, 21 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of commentator

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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7 Oct 2021

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“Commentator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of commentator

: a person who discusses important people and events on television, in newspapers, etc.
: a person who provides a description on a radio or television program of an event (such as a sports contest) as it is happening


com·​men·​ta·​tor | \ ˈkä-mən-ˌtā-tər How to pronounce commentator (audio) \

Kids Definition of commentator

: a person who describes or analyzes a news, sports, or entertainment event (as over radio or on television)


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