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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But every moment of it was revelatory, with clips and narration calling attention to some extraordinary-looking films. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Lots of Good, But Not Great, at Fall Film Festivals This Year," 14 Sep. 2019 The audio provides narration for the stroll, along with additional tips. Kelli Bender,, "Take Your Pup on a National Dog Day Date with One of These Free, Pet-Friendly Guided Walks," 26 Aug. 2019 However, all the players' voices - save for one - are dubbed over with local accents, while there is also narration from Gunners legend Ian Wright and a brief cameo from actor Idris Elba., "Arsenal Kit 2019/20: Leaked Promo Video Shows Glorious Advert for New adidas Strip," 28 June 2019 Along with creative input, Miranda will provide narration for those touring the exhibition — mostly through his voice sounding in the visitor’s ear in an audio tour, but also, at various points, in video form. Chris Jones,, "'Hamilton: The Exhibition' by Lin-Manuel Miranda and his team will debut in Chicago in November," 6 May 2018 The finished product also includes photos, videos and narration by Peter Coyote. Mary Colurso |, al, "Alabama artists make an indelible impression as Ken Burns explores ‘Country Music’," 15 Sep. 2019 For the Native American legend about why the bear has no tail, a sequence of adroit drawings further illumined Thompson’s lively narration and the characterful musical sound effects in Hitomi Oba’s score. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Musicians turn the Big Dipper into an ‘interstellar cantata,’ with help from NASA," 11 Sep. 2019 Other neat additions on the horizon include Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, an experience in the World Nature area, new narration on the classic Spaceship Earth, and a new pavilion for live events. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Epcot Is Debuting a Mary Poppins Attraction and We Can't Wait to Experience It," 26 Aug. 2019 The footage is included in a 15-minute highly produced video that also includes in-studio narration by police officials, slowed-down footage of the shooting, radio transmissions, subtitles and still images. Jay Croft, CNN, "Police release video of officer fatally shooting California teen 'in shooting stance'," 14 July 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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