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 Some Notre Dame fans have expressed contempt toward Flutie’s job as color commentator. Carter Karels, Indianapolis Star, "Report: Drew Brees expected to join NBC's Notre Dame football broadcasts after retirement," 11 Apr. 2020 Harris was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and American father, who was a Navy officer, and some online commentators have pointed to Harris' heritage along with the mustache in their criticisms. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Racism, history and politics: Why South Koreans are flipping out over a US ambassador's mustache," 17 Jan. 2020 As other commentators have pointed out, though, there could very well have been a discrepancy between what Sanders said and what Warren heard. Stephanie Ebbert,, "Think a woman can’t win the White House? Elizabeth Warren would be happy to discuss.," 15 Jan. 2020 Russian commentators point to transactions like the pending $39 million sale of anti-tank missiles to Ukraine to help battle the separatists. San Diego Union-Tribune, "US impeachment drama ensnares Ukraine at a crucial moment," 2 Oct. 2019 SE Cupp is a political commentator and the host of S.E. Cupp: Unfiltered on CNN. Glamour, "She Once Starred in an NRA Ad. Now SE Cupp Wants Gun Control," 14 Aug. 2019 The British right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins, who is whiling away her quarantine standing in front of a poster of the American flag and ranting into her webcam, has criticized the applause in England as a foolish hobby. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "In Praise of Quarantine Clapping," 9 Apr. 2020 Birthdays: Media commentator Hodding Carter III is 85., "This day in history," 7 Apr. 2020 Several former soccer players and other commentators have said the debate is not so simple, however. NBC News, "Coronavirus: Pressure grows on U.K. soccer stars to cut pay as crisis deepens," 3 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of commentator

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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27 Apr 2020

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“Commentator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 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


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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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