nar·​ra·​tion | \ na-ˈrā-shən , 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 , -​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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Frostman’s confident navigation and narration calm my fears. Nancy Moreland, The Seattle Times, "Ready for takeoff: A nervous flyer takes on America’s Seaplane City," 3 July 2018 Reggie and Blonde Veronica show up for the fight but have the outdated password — again, this is all intercut with the G&G game scenes/narration, and one mirrors the other — Veronica claims her name is Monica Norton, like the warden. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 3 Episode 5: Can Archie Escape From a Teenage Fight Club?!," 15 Nov. 2018 To paraphrase some of Lily’s narration, there are three kinds of Salemites: a few good men and women, a few sadistic creeps, and a mass of bystanders who happily participate in misogynistic hate mobs. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Assassination Nation is a vicious, cathartic horror film about misogyny," 21 Sep. 2018 The project from Italian filmmakers Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopo relies on subtitles, captions and first-hand accounts instead of narration to tell the tale of two separate migrant journeys. Lorraine Ali,, "'It Will Be Chaos': Personal stories of refugee crisis could not be more timely," 18 June 2018 Romanowski’s voice is a high point of the narration. Jenni Laidman,, "Summer audiobooks to pack for your next road trip," 21 May 2018 They are sequenced, which is one of the definitions of narration: an account of events. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "'Stories’ Are for Smartphones," 3 May 2018 But given that Jughead’s narration is already a major part of the show, the meta levels here are mind-boggling. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale Is Officially Out of Control," 15 Nov. 2018 Such fun occurred on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Wednesday evening (September 26), as Bell indulged the crowd with what should've been Emmy-winning narration for an array of Trump's musings. D. Elizabeth, Glamour, "Kristen Bell Reading Donald Trump's Tweets Like Gossip Girl Is Getting Me Through Today," 27 Sep. 2018

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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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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 \

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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