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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Photo: agencja gazeta/Reuters Some commentators compared the murder to the killing of Jo Cox, a British liberal legislator who was shot and stabbed to death by a mentally instable man inspired by far-right politics. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Polish Politician Dies After Stabbing, Sparking Uproar," 14 Jan. 2019 Ogwumike’s increased on-air presence comes at a time when some female commentators, like Jemele Hill, have come under fire and even faced racist jabs., "EXCLUSIVE: WNBA Star Chiney Ogwumike Signs Multi-Year Agreement With ESPN To Become Regular Analyst," 1 May 2018 Some commentators and influencers who usually resist nationalistic sentiment saw the arrest as a blow by the U.S. in the countries’ trade battle, targeting a flagship Chinese company and the country’s economic future as well as its pride. Eva Dou, WSJ, "Chinese Warn of Western ‘Iron Curtain’ After Huawei Arrest," 7 Dec. 2018 Although some commentators had feared the Catholic theme might yield the most controversial Met Gala ever, most of the actors, models and music stars stayed on the right side of propriety in colors of red, white, gold and black. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Texas pastor calls social justice 'anti-biblical' and 'Marxist ideology'," 17 May 2018 According to royal commentator, Katie Nicholl, sources have revealed that Meghan selected the dress for a very particular reason. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Reason Meghan Markle Wore That Red Mini Dress for Her Hubb Community Kitchen Visit," 23 Nov. 2018 Some liberal commentators, for instance, urged Obama to use a legal loophole to mint a platinum coin rather than make concessions to Republicans in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Trump’s free ride from Congress just ended," 7 Nov. 2018 Another, perhaps louder corner — one which has come to include some of YouTube’s biggest commentators, react channels, and memesters — has become obsessed with the app’s more cringe-inducing clips. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "In defense of TikTok, the joyful, slightly cringe-inducing spiritual successor to Vine," 5 Nov. 2018 The artist and social commentator, also famous for his unintentional style, walked the runway for Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garçons. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "If You’ve Got $20,000 to Spare, You Can Own Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Favorite Comme des Garçons Coat," 2 Nov. 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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