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 Ory Okolloh-Mwangi, a Kenyan political commentator and investment professional who is one of several international election observers to express concern about the volatile political environment leading up to the US presidential election. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for October 12: Coronavirus, Supreme Court, election 2020, protests, Nigeria," 12 Oct. 2020 On Thursday night, Scully tweeted at anti-Trump commentator and former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "'Oops': Presidential debate moderator blasted for tweet to Scaramucci asking if he should 'respond' to Trump," 8 Oct. 2020 After his playing career ended, Sayers briefly worked as a television commentator and stockbroker and then for his alma mater, Kansas. George Vecsey, New York Times, "Gale Sayers Dies; Elusive Hall of Fame Running Back Was 77," 23 Sep. 2020 Since 2018, Gillum has mounted an effort to register Democratic voters in Florida and frequently appears on cable news channels as a political commentator. Terry Spencer, Star Tribune, "2018 Florida gubernatorial nominee says he is bisexual," 14 Sep. 2020 McEnroe — a former professional tennis player with 16 men's doubles titles to his name — is back at the Open as a tennis commentator for ESPN. Lindsay Kimble,, "Patrick McEnroe on What to Expect at the U.S. Open — and How It's Different This Year," 1 Sep. 2020 To believe Marquee expected anything else is ludicrous, much like when NBC hired outspoken former Blackhawks star Jeremy Roenick as a hockey commentator. Paul Sullivan,, "Column: The Mark Grace dilemma is a thorny problem for Marquee Sports Network and Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts," 17 Aug. 2020 At one point, women in the audience gave the two a standing ovation, according to a tweet from conservative commentator Michelle Malkin, who also attended. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, "Teen charged in Kenosha shootings fights extradition," 25 Sep. 2020 Klacik is a Republican commentator who speaks often of working for her nonprofit helping disadvantaged women enter the workforce. Jeff Barker,, "“The View” segment with Maryland Republican Kimberly Klacik ends abruptly after she says host Joy Behar 'paraded around in blackface’," 18 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of commentator

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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18 Oct 2020

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“Commentator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 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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