com·​men·​ta·​tor ˈkä-mən-ˌtā-tər How to pronounce commentator (audio)
: one who provides commentary: such as
: one who reports and discusses news (as on television)
: a sportscaster who provides commentary during live events
a color commentator

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The controversial campaign then began being shared on Twitter, where conservative commentator Kingsley Cortes compared side-by-side photos of an older Burberry ad and the new ad. Julia Johnson, Washington Examiner, 25 Jan. 2023 Conservative media commentator Ann Coulter took to Twitter to react to Matt Gaetz’s vote for former president Donald Trump for House speaker. Amanda Kaufman,, 7 Jan. 2023 Diamond and Silk held multiple commentator roles at Fox News from 2016 to 2020, when the network cut ties with them for actively pushing Covid-19 conspiracy theories on air. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 10 Jan. 2023 Russia hasn't provided enough transport vehicles to house the new conscripts in diffuse areas, Ukrainian military commentator Serhiy Hrabsky said. Peter Weber, The Week, 5 Jan. 2023 In a moving statement on ESPN, former NFL safety and commentator Ryan Clark provided some valuable perspective. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 3 Jan. 2023 Former TNA Impact Wrestling commentator and radio personality Don West has died. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 30 Dec. 2022 Comparing Haaland to two other imposing number 9’s, the media commentator claimed City had taken a risk and would have been better off pushing again for the previous summer’s top target Harry Kane. Zak Garner-purkis, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2022 Keane, a former Manchester United midfielder turned television commentator, criticized Seleção players and coach Tite for overly exuberant goal celebrations in a 4-1 win over South Korea in the Round of 16. Frank Dell'apa,, 8 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of commentator was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Commentator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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com·​men·​ta·​tor ˈkäm-ən-ˌtāt-ər How to pronounce commentator (audio)
: a person who gives a commentary
especially : a person who reports and discusses news on radio or television
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