nar·​ra·​tion | \ na-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce narration (audio) , nə- \

Definition of narration

1 : the act or process or an instance of narrating

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Other Words from narration

narrational \ na-​ˈrā-​shnəl How to pronounce narrational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , nə-​ \ adjective

Examples of narration in a Sentence

The novel uses first-person narration. They got a famous actor to do the narration for the documentary. an actor who does narrations for documentaries
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Recent Examples on the Web Entertainment Tonight reports the 2016 song includes a narration of Hadith, sayings and actions of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, about the end of the world and the afterlife. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Rihanna apologizes to Muslim community for "unintentionally offensive" use of song during fashion show," 7 Oct. 2020 Like last year, the contestants lack chemistry, the twists aren't quite daring enough and the jokey narration is more corny than clever. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "What are 'Big Brother' and 'Love Island' like in COVID quarantine? Masks with a side of real emotion," 26 Aug. 2020 That initial narration presents as an essay Ethelrida is writing for school. Darren Franich,, "Fargo season 4 has a lot of nothing to say about America: Review," 14 Sep. 2020 The camera follows these modern creatures low to the ground, with minimal narration, creating a roving, diaristic dog’s-eye view. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "RIP, Laika: Space Dogs Will Break Your Heart," 7 Sep. 2020 Subtitles are provided for the Russian language narration (though the filmmakers are Austrian and German). Will Coviello,, "'Space Dogs" is an odd film inspired by Laika and often seen from dogs' eye views.," 7 Sep. 2020 The podcast has high production values, mixing interviews with bits of narration and archival news snippets, and held together by a bed of ambient music. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: Castro’s podcast a travelogue of an overlooked America," 18 Sep. 2020 The Paul Simon Special in 1978, and an Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for her narration An Apology to Elephants. Ew Staff,, "15 couples with Emmys," 16 Sep. 2020 The teenage Giovanna has plenty of wherewithal and hardly seems to need the shelter of her narration. Elaine Blair, The New York Review of Books, "Making Order of the Breakdown," 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of narration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of narration was in the 15th century

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15 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Narration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce narration (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of narration

somewhat formal : the act or process of telling a story or describing what happens
: words that are heard as part of a movie, television show, etc., and that describe what is being seen


nar·​ra·​tion | \ na-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce narration (audio) \

Kids Definition of narration

1 : the act or process or an instance of telling in full detail I enjoyed his narration of the story.

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