nar·ra·tion | \ na-ˈrā-shən , nə- \

Definition of narration 

1 : the act or process or an instance of narrating

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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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His bubblegum card includes news talk shows, sports TV shows that were largely improvisational, narration of baseball, basketball and football, and emcee of various events. Tom Krasovic,, "Leitner's absence is felt on Padres broadcasts," 4 June 2018 The kids partially take over the episode's narration, normally handled by Dre. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'Black-ish' recap: The kids aren't all right, as Dre and Bow try a separation," 9 May 2018 Jack Dunphy's screenplay is composed of several chapters related from the various characters' perspectives and narration, with past and present situations blending together in repetitive and sometimes confusing fashion. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Great Pretender': Film Review | Tribeca 2018," 28 Apr. 2018 Hoang infused Stella's first person narration, which vacillates between earnestness, anxiety, and tremendous excitement, with her very personal perspective., "How The Kiss Quotient, The Romance Novel Of The Summer, Sheds Light On Dating While Autistic," 7 June 2018 This benefit performance, which will feature narration by Robert Redford, is the most ambitious performative undertaking to date at the Brushwood Center, nestled in some 565 acres of woodlands. Chris Jones,, "Robert Redford headed to north suburban Riverwoods for award, performance June 1," 23 May 2018 The narration seems deliberately crude and jerky, as if the nihilism of the tale had infected its telling, and there's an unfortunate late turn into science fiction spoofiness. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Film / Music / Old Movies to Watch Now / On Video / Small Screen Urgh! A Music War and other punk and postpunk new wave cinema," 10 July 2018 Fiennes narration during the event referred to the myths of these early Viking travelers. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Astronaut christens new Viking Cruises ship, Viking Orion, in elaborate ceremony," 14 June 2018 Novels like Dracula, The Mysteries of Udolpho, or Frankenstein often drew upon the material of ordinary life, either by using epistolary forms or simply beginning their narration in the normal world. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Weird Fiction Is Alive," 7 May 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

: 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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