nar·​ra·​tion na-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce narration (audio)
: the act or process or an instance of narrating
narrational adjective

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web Schreiber’s narration of Against All Odds is part of his ongoing fundraising efforts for Ukraine. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Dec. 2022 She's also lent her voice to the narration of a few audiobooks, including Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda. Karli Bendlin, Peoplemag, 7 Dec. 2022 Fleishman explores these queries primarily through the narration of Libby (Lizzy Caplan), a college friend of Toby’s whose presence gradually gains more heft. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 19 Nov. 2022 Dalke and Gordon showed the jury many of Williams’s post-riot digital messages to friends that amounted to a narration of her offenses that day, the two prosecutors said. Paul Duggan, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2022 Among other things, includes a narration of what went down between Donald Trump and him five days after the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill incursion. Quartz, 14 Nov. 2022 In a narration of the incident released by the LAPD, Capt. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2022 Those who have watched 1883 might recognize the voice of Isabel May, who played the show's protagonist Elsa Dutton, from her narration on both shows. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 8 Jan. 2023 Along with a group shot of the two families posing in front of Cinderella Castle, the actor also included photos from his Candlelight Processional narration and a family portrait with Burtka and their children. Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 24 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Narration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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nar·​ra·​tion na-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce narration (audio)
: the act or process or an instance of telling a story
-shnəl How to pronounce narration (audio)

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