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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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 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

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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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