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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His goal call features a blend of tasteful vibrato and guttural enthusiasm that rises above the chorus of cheering fans and other color commentators. Amanda Christovich, USA TODAY, "Andres Cantor explains how his famous 'gol!' call came to be, gives his top 5 calls of the last decade," 13 July 2018 The mistake that so many critics and commentators have made is to try to defeat Peterson in formal debate. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 But some observers interpreted it as a gesture of defiance to commentators condemning him for the decision to perform in Russia despite the country's extremely strained relations with the West and, especially, the United Kingdom. Vladimir Kozlov, The Hollywood Reporter, "World Cup: Will Smith to Perform at Closing Ceremony," 12 July 2018 His play already has fans and commentators dreaming of another final between Nadal and Roger Federer — on the 10th anniversary of their five-set classic that the Spaniard won. Mattias Karen,, "Rafael Nadal finally back in Wimbledon quarterfinals after 7 years," 9 July 2018 Cultural commentator Van Jones hears the latter, and says so in the upcoming documentary The King, opening Friday. Gary Thompson,, "Art in melting pot America: What's appropriation and what's appropriate? New movies explore," 6 July 2018 USA Today reported, with the urgent tones of breaking news, that Euan is the brother of Stu Holden, the former U.S. soccer player and current World Cup commentator. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "#PlaneBae and the Slow Death of Whimsy," 6 July 2018 On the television, Gary Lineker and his commentators spoke of these human things with such simplicity. Eve Fairbanks, The New Republic, "The World in a World Cup," 5 July 2018 Irving’s Celtics made it to the Eastern Conference finals, in which the Cavs narrowly beat them, while O’Neal was one of TNT’s in-studio commentators for much of the playoffs. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why Uncle Drew looks to be a summer sleeper hit," 3 July 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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