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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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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Combined with booming narration from John Facenda (many of his scripts penned by Sabol), this soundtrack reveals how Americans began to appreciate football not only as a game of X’s and O’s but as a stage for human struggle and success., "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 Alternating between third- and first-person narration, as well as different characters’ perspectives, Caputo introduces us to residents and visitors to the small town of Vieux Desert and environs. Julia M. Klein,, "Philip Caputo hits his target in skillful new novel, 'Hunter’s Moon’," 12 Aug. 2019 Director Salim Razawi gives the show a boisterous and smooth staging, with strong group narration by the ensemble. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Sunny songs, brutal story — that ‘s ‘Once on this Island’ in El Cerrito," 5 July 2019 The body cam was not activated until just after the shooting because recording is not required during surveillance or other non-enforcement activities, Captain Thomas Casper of the police department's homicide division says in the video's narration. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Police release video of officer-involved shooting from early May," 21 June 2019 Marker enlisted his close friends Yves Montand and Simone Signoret to read the voice-over narration that runs through the film, he in the French version and she in the English. Max Nelson, The New York Review of Books, "Chris Marker, Always Moving," 4 Apr. 2019 In the World Celebration area, Spaceship Earth will continue to chronicle human development, but will include a new narration and new music. Susan Glaser,, "Disney World outlines Epcot remake, with Mary Poppins, Moana, Guardians of the Galaxy," 26 Aug. 2019 But too often authors lack a natural gift for voice narration and aren't trained in it. Dallas News, "Don't let a bad reader ruin your audiobook experience: Here are recordings to savor — and to avoid," 20 Aug. 2019 Directed by Springsteen and Thom Zimny, the film will feature a performance of Springsteen's latest album of the same name in his historic barn, driven by narration and archival videos. Ellise Shafer, Billboard, "Bruce Springsteen Reflects on His Career and Love in New Trailer For 'Western Stars' Concert Film: Watch," 19 Aug. 2019

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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 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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