com·men·ta·tor | \ˈkä-mən-ˌtā-tər \

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

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Russian officials and commentators signaled that they were delighted with that tone. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "How Fraught Is Meeting With Russia? Just Ask Republican Senators," 10 July 2018 The frantic display was so absurd that the color commentator just busted up laughing. Dan Gartland,, "Watch: Announcer Can’t Help But Laugh During Goal-Less Last-Second Chaos," 9 July 2018 The commentators didn’t pretend such magic, such perfect control over our circumstances, was a possibility, or even desirable. Eve Fairbanks, The New Republic, "The World in a World Cup," 5 July 2018 According to royal commentator Victoria Arbiter, the answer may be even simpler than that. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Very British Reason Meghan Markle Keeps Wearing Blush and Beige," 1 July 2018 Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his resignation from the nation's highest court Wednesday, sparking immediate reaction from politicians, journalists and commentators across the political spectrum. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "'Earth shattering': What people are saying on social media about Justice Kennedy's retirement," 27 June 2018 Karin Klein is a veteran California journalist and commentator. Karin Klein, star-telegram, "Why Sarah Sanders shouldn’t have been kicked out of that restaurant," 26 June 2018 Gerhard Poliz, a dressage instructor, was the commentator. Jane Napier Neely,, "The Valley Line: She has unbridled enthusiasm for June LCF Chamber of Commerce mixer," 25 June 2018 The commentator, who regularly contributed to TIME in the 1990s and 2000s, frequently appeared on Fox News in recent years. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Charles Krauthammer, Conservative Political Commentator, Dies at 68," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of commentator

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

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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