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 Other speakers at the event will include #WalkAway founder Brandon Straka, singer-songwriter Joy Villa and political commentator Y.G. Nyghtstorm. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, "#WalkAway campaign hosting 'Rescue America' rally in Chicago," 28 Aug. 2020 Owens, a former professional football player and a frequent commentator on Fox News, noted he was raised in the South during the era of Jim Crow, when the KKK was a constant threat. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Burgess Owens touts Trump’s record on race in speech at the Republican National Convention," 27 Aug. 2020 Political commentator Zerlina Maxwell is one of those people who hasn’t let the pandemic get in the way of life. Kaitlin Menza, Condé Nast Traveler, "How I Travel: Zerlina Maxwell Just Wants to Go Back to Italy," 14 Aug. 2020 Cornel West, 67, is a professor at Harvard University and professor emeritus at Princeton University, as well as an author and frequent commentator on issues of race, gender and class in American society. Washington Post, "Cornel West: Is America ‘even capable of treating the masses of Black people with decency and dignity’?," 11 Aug. 2020 The retired player turned color commentator Chris Webber gave an emotional address on the air. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "The Exhilarating Jolt of the Milwaukee Bucks’ Wildcat Strike," 27 Aug. 2020 The idea gained new attention last month when Peter Beinart, a prominent Jewish-American commentator, came out in favor of the idea. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, "Palestinian leaders stay the course as crises mount," 26 Aug. 2020 Coates, an acclaimed journalist, author, essayist and cultural commentator, is originally from Baltimore. Sameer Rao,, "Oprah, Angela Bassett, lead star-studded cast for Baltimore writer Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ‘Between the World and Me’ adaption," 18 Aug. 2020 Scott Atlas, who spoke at Wednesday’s coronavirus briefing at the White House, is a radiologist, a senior fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution of Stanford University and a frequent Fox News commentator. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Trump Adds Coronavirus Adviser Whose Views Closely Align With His Own," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of commentator

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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12 Sep 2020

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“Commentator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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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