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 narration (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 Readers sometimes talk about Dalloway’s narration as a form of stream of consciousness, but that’s not strictly accurate. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 8 Oct. 2021 Cheadle’s narration provides includes consideration of microaggressions or other subtle racist acts such as characters not wanting to drink at a water fountain after Dean did, which the 12-year-old version of the character might have missed. Danielle Turchiano, Variety, 22 Sep. 2021 Video description -- video only has natural sounds (wind noises, insects calling), no narration. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 24 June 2021 His thoughts are never directly communicated, whether by contrived narration or interior monologue. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 22 June 2021 Eilish’s narration is unpretentious, sometimes to a fault. Rich Juzwiak, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2021 The new show still revolves around a man reflecting on his childhood, this time from the perspective of 12-year-old Dean Williams (Elisha Williams), voiced in future narration by Don Cheadle. Editors, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 Throughout the film, the whimsical narration takes unexpected turns. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, 10 Sep. 2021 The opening narration delivered by Mark DeRosa — a New Jersey native who played that night for the Braves and is now an MLB Network host — will resonate with anyone who lived through that awful day. Jerry Beach, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of narration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 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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