Definition of commentary in English:

commentary

nounPlural commentaries

  • 1An expression of opinions or offering of explanations about an event or situation.

    ‘a biting social commentary about the divide between rich and poor’
    ‘an editorial commentary’
    mass noun ‘a narrative overlaid with commentary’
    • ‘But you want to do a critical commentary on some issue in popular culture today?’
    • ‘Countless numbers of articles, columns and commentaries discussed the content and meaning of the classified material found therein.’
    • ‘Who on earth can be bothered writing political commentaries?’
    • ‘As now, users will need to visit the journal's website for related editorials, commentaries, and rapid responses and to print out copies of the article that look like those in the paper journal.’
    • ‘He has added an anti-Scottish meanness in his commentary and editorials.’
    • ‘In the West, a clear distinction is made between news reporting, which is expected to be impartial and unbiased, and commentaries and editorials.’
    • ‘Over the next few weeks, there will be a number of articles, television programs and radio commentaries regarding the problems we are facing with suicide.’
    • ‘This article is presented as a commentary on just one American university.’
    • ‘Editorials and commentaries deal with the behaviour of rats, the importance of trees, the need to appreciate weather and the role of socks in society.’
    • ‘Well, for a start, all three are frequently trotted out in newspaper commentaries describing the victims of the latest investment scam.’
    • ‘In the Herald today is an opinion commentary from the very left-leaning Jones.’
    • ‘These fears have been reflected in several newspaper editorials and commentaries urging the government to reconsider.’
    • ‘The change in the government's stance came after a spate of unfavorable newspaper editorials and commentaries.’
    • ‘The aim, of course, was to ensure that the angle of every report, quite apart from the editorials and commentaries, should reinforce the papers' political agendas.’
    • ‘Barking headlines, hard-biting editorials, sharp commentaries, satirical cartoons and investigative exposes are now common features of our media.’
    • ‘Enough already about eyewitness observations, commentaries, editorials and conspiracy theories.’
    • ‘What can one say about this dismal situation in an editorial or a commentary?’
    • ‘Editorials or commentaries that are perceived as one-sided are bound to bring requests for equal time or space from opponents.’
    • ‘What follow are personal accounts and commentaries by activists about the protests and police actions.’
    • ‘We excluded editorials, commentaries, articles for debate and education, narrative reviews, letters, and case reports.’
    essay, dissertation, treatise, paper, discourse, tract, monograph, study, article
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    1. 1.1 A descriptive spoken account (especially on a broadcast) of an event or performance as it happens.
      ‘a live commentary on radio’
      • ‘The voice-over commentary covers his thoughts, a technique that can be dangerously indulgent.’
      • ‘There's also the chance to access a selection of live audio commentaries of football and rugby matches, from BBC radio teams in England and Scotland.’
      • ‘The commentary team went crazy for the second and third Mexico goals.’
      • ‘In those days, when we had no tickets for the game and no TV, we'd stand by the stadium and listen to the radio commentary.’
      • ‘During your flight your captain will give you a full commentary, describing the scene below.’
      • ‘It's a fast-paced mix of news, analysis, live commentaries and special reports.’
      • ‘Often, after the programme, he would fly to the continent to do the live commentary on a Sunday afternoon international.’
      • ‘Last season the station covered an amazing 1,336 games with live commentaries at 405 games, more than any other broadcaster ever.’
      • ‘A small onstage screen will give a running commentary in English.’
      • ‘Sometimes my Dad would get annoyed with the cricket commentary on TV, turn down the sound and listen to the commentary on the radio.’
      • ‘Live Cup commentaries from every round of the Cup on Radio Scotland and a significant number of ties streamed live on the Internet.’
      • ‘Kuttner also does occasional commentaries for National Public Radio.’
      • ‘Green has been providing his unique commentaries for Radio Five since it started in 1994 and will continue to do so.’
      • ‘Thursday was the first day in-house ear pieces were on sale, allowing fans to hear the television commentary.’
      • ‘And that is why his television commentary this summer at both Wimbledon and the US Open was given favourable reviews.’
      • ‘He was probably the first man to broadcast ball-by-ball commentary on English radio, in 1927.’
      • ‘He will also present other sports programmes for BBC London, fitting them into his schedule of commentaries for BBC Radio Five Live.’
      • ‘For many years Radio Cambridgeshire has been the only radio station to provide live commentary of every home and away game.’
      • ‘John Motson has been a television football commentator for the BBC since 1971, and has recently started doing radio match commentaries for BBC Radio Five Live.’
      • ‘Gone are the days when we waited for the morning newspaper to fill in crucial gaps in the radio commentary of a cricket match.’
      narration, description, account, report, review, analysis
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    2. 1.2 A set of explanatory or critical notes on a text.
      ‘a commentary on the Old Testament’
      • ‘Today this commentary appears on the " inner " margin of virtually every Talmudic page.’
      • ‘We begin with a text commentary from director Ruzowitsky and lead actor Barnaby Metschurat.’
      • ‘Moreover, the author's commentary on events is sensible, and the work is well illustrated and attractive.’
      • ‘The commentary to both texts notes that significant harm need not be substantial but must be ‘more than trivial’.’
      • ‘The commentary in the book describing the Ashmolean Museum Collection states that: Figure 4 above shows a bronze buckle from the Caucasus Mountains, from the Old Hellenic Period, found in Georgia.’
      • ‘Here, in a 1535 commentary on Galatians 3: 13, Luther explains what took place on the Cross.’
      • ‘A good commentary on the text will raise these buried questions to consciousness.’
      • ‘The commentary explains how all can live in Krishna consciousness even while performing the daily duties.’
      • ‘National made very specific comments in its minority report in the commentary on the bill.’
      • ‘The broad crucial overviews in Section I are followed in Section II by commentaries on individual texts or authors.’
      • ‘His stunning new commentary on Galatians is already making the same impact on Pauline studies.’
      • ‘Each is accompanied by the author's informative commentary which ranges from Roman roads to last century's shopkeepers.’
      • ‘Along the way Gray offers idiosyncratic commentaries on Chaucer, Pepys, Gibbon, Milton and Burns.’
      • ‘A competent catalogue with the usual high-quality illustrations and commentary accompanies the exhibition.’
      • ‘An editorial commentary by Levine and colleagues accompanies this article.’
      • ‘The Javanese system comprises thousands of Islamic boarding schools that have been set up to teach the core texts of Islam, along with critiques and commentaries on those texts.’
      • ‘If only Brian Herbert would follow the example of Christopher Tolkien and publish the notes along with other commentaries.’
      • ‘Hoekstra, who was not involved in the new study, wrote an accompanying commentary in Nature.’
      • ‘However she assisted her father Theon of Alexandria in writing his eleven part commentary on Ptolemy's Almagest.’
      • ‘The abbreviated text could be in Latin or Anglo-Norman French and was usually accompanied by a commentary.’
      explanation, explication, elucidation, exegesis, examination, interpretation, analysis
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin commentarius, commentarium (adjective, used as a noun), from commentari, frequentative of comminisci ‘devise’.

Pronunciation

commentary

/ˈkɒmənt(ə)ri/