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

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In a better world, anonymous political commentators could be identified without fear of social media mobs attempting to ruin their lives. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Daily Beast’s Shabby Scoop," 4 June 2019 In this op-ed, SiriusXM host and political commentator Xorje Olivares explains the significance for the Latinx community of Tejano leader Julián Castro’s presidential run. Xorje Olivares, Teen Vogue, "Why the Accent Over Julián Castro's Name Matters," 23 Apr. 2019 Had Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election and nominated, say, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour to be ambassador to the U.N., would CNN commentators be disparaging her for lack of relevant experience? WSJ, "Progressive Privilege Prejudice and the U.N.," 16 Dec. 2018 Likewise, skillful commentators and academics have been able to identify statements, holdings and interpretive methods that seemed irreconcilably inconsistent. Nancy L. Combs, Vox, "An optimist and yet a realist: a former clerk to Justice Kennedy considers his legacy," 30 June 2018 Here's one commentator on another channel with an interesting analogy. Fox News, "The politics of President Trump's travel ban," 27 June 2018 George Will, a longtime political commentator and staunch defender of the conservative movement, made a dramatic exit from the Republican Party Friday, citing the party’s support for Donald Trump in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "George Will Leaves Republican Party, Urges Conservatives to Vote Against Donald Trump," 23 June 2018 The Internet was not content to let the professionals be the only outfit commentators. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "The Funniest Memes of the 2019 Met Gala," 6 May 2019 The commentators spoke at a surprisingly reasonable volume. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Last Outpost of Pure Soccer Mayhem," 23 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 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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