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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No practice broadcasts this time at the Thomas & Mack Center, as there were a year ago from a makeshift television booth, just the confidence of a year under his belt in the transition from radio commentator and studio contributor. Ira Winderman,, "Back at summer league, Heat’s John Crotty says, ‘I feel a lot further along as a broadcaster’," 12 July 2019 The story resonated with conservative commentators and Russian media outlets. Ed O'keefe, CBS News, "Russian disinformation campaign helped push conspiracy about murdered DNC staffer," 9 July 2019 The political commentator and radio host presents the father of our country as a real-life superhero who, while imperfect, was perfect for the time and whose legacy renders him immortal. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Fourth of July reading guide: Best-sellers about Hamilton, Jefferson, Washington and more," 30 June 2019 Last month, Stephen Moore, a conservative commentator and economist nominated to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, withdrew after his past writings and statements disparaging women and gender equity sparked a backlash. David S. Cloud,, "Patrick Shanahan withdraws his candidacy to be Defense secretary, citing domestic violence incidents," 18 June 2019 If people weren’t paying attention to the stars of their own community, YouTube commentators and drama channels would. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "TikTok users are turning a top creator’s apology video into new TikTok creations," 18 June 2019 Activists, commentators and civilians around the world have criticized the coverage – or lack thereof – of the situation by international media organizations. Natalie Gil,, "Rape, Massacre & Despair: Why We All Need To Wake Up To The Crisis In Sudan," 15 June 2019 Many media commentators and news consumers have welcomed this development. Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, The New York Review of Books, "Bellingcat and How Open Source Reinvented Investigative Journalism," 10 June 2019 Scholarly commentators and pundits generally shrink from ascribing base pecuniary motives to the military-industrial complex. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "The Military-Industrial Virus," 10 June 2019

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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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