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 The narration enlivens the book, and one is grateful for the steady beat of humor. James Wood, The New Yorker, "A Family at Odds Reveals a Nation in the Throes," 12 Apr. 2021 Yet, the narration over these seemingly fatal situations is ultimately optimistic. Ariana Romero,, "Netflix’s Sky Rojo Finale Is Bloody As Hell. Just How Worried Should You Be About Your Faves?," 22 Mar. 2021 Calls is nonetheless a gripping series, that shows how powerful audio narration is. Sheena Scott, Forbes, "‘Calls’: Mystery Podcast-Like Series On Apple TV+," 20 Mar. 2021 Further, Oyler’s first-person narration is nothing if not a vehicle for funny and trenchant observations. Scott W. Stern, The New Republic, "Lauren Oyler Is a Tough Critic of Contemporary Fiction. Can Her Novel Do Better?," 11 Feb. 2021 Marshawn Lynch narration is a spot on twist on the Christmas poem. oregonlive, "Super Bowl 2021 commercials: All the best and worst ads, from M&Ms’ Dan Levy spot, to Geico bringing back Tag Team," 7 Feb. 2021 Like many of the Boss' own lyrics, the narration was a heartfelt and earnest meditation on America that never crossed the line into platitude. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "2021 Super Bowl: 12 Best Commercials," 7 Feb. 2021 Caroline Lennon’s narration is sympathetic, funny, and rather endearing; her impeccable timing is enhanced by her lovely Irish brogue. Rochelle M. O’gorman, The Christian Science Monitor, "Audiobooks to bring delight to the holiday season," 21 Dec. 2020 Her narration is at once comforting and eerie in its subtle escalation as madness takes over the world of the play. Christopher Barnard, Town & Country, "How Daryl Roth Masterminded New York Theater's Comeback," 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of narration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 May 2021

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“Narration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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