Definition of narrator in US English:



  • 1A person who narrates something, especially a character who recounts the events of a novel or narrative poem.

    ‘his poetic efforts are mocked by the narrator of the story’
    ‘a first-person narrator’
    • ‘An omniscient narrator speaks neutrally about what has passed.’
    • ‘The novel's first-person narrator is a most unpleasant man.’
    • ‘The narrators are often strangely limited third-person or unreliable first-person narrators, or there are multiple, shifting narrators.’
    • ‘In this dream poem the narrator enters the Garden of Mirth where he sees various allegorized figures and falls in love with a rosebud.’
    • ‘Most readers don't even notice that David is the narrator of all three stories.’
    • ‘The novel employs multiple narrators, including not only the three major characters but also their husbands, children, and parents.’
    • ‘In a similar way, Beatrice serves to question the narrative authority of the other narrators in the novel, all of them European-educated and male.’
    • ‘I return in Chapter 7 to the problem of identification and its effects: what role does the identification with literary characters and narrators play?’
    • ‘It takes the talking book a step further through an unnamed first-person narrator.’
    • ‘Sometimes she's a participant in the story, other times she serves as a narrator of the event.’
    • ‘The author of Ulysses is not a narrator describing a subject outside himself.’
    • ‘Although the narrators of Dostoevsky's later novels are by no means ‘objective,’ they create the illusion of a world existing beyond the fantasy of any single character.’
    • ‘In paradise, the omniscient narrator concludes, there are no stories because there are no journeys.’
    • ‘Narrated in the present tense, the story unfolds in the voice of an unnamed third-person narrator.’
    • ‘The narrator of the story is a pilot who has crash-landed in the desert.’
    • ‘This double perspective is characteristic of child narrators and makes them a useful tool for young writers: characters with two perspectives are usually not one-dimensional.’
    • ‘First-person animal narrators often expose the thoughtlessness of human beings toward non-human animals.’
    • ‘Coincident with this formal composition is the historical consciousness of the novel's anonymous narrator.’
    • ‘Pushkin's narrators are only schematically described, because what matters is not who they are but how they perceive the world.’
    • ‘And the story is told by a possibly slightly unreliable narrator, which is a nice touch.’
    storyteller, teller of tales, recounter, relater, describer, chronicler, romancer, reporter, annalist
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    1. 1.1 A person who delivers a commentary accompanying a movie, broadcast, piece of music, etc.
      ‘a religious broadcast with Johnny Morris as narrator’
      • ‘He is, as you say, the conscience of the film; a narrator, but it is more than that too.’
      • ‘Mimi the narrator asks, " Can these be the facts?’
      • ‘That was a storytelling device. It was the ultimate frame - and television newspeople the ultimate narrators.’
      • ‘In the movies, with their narrators and time-shifts, we accept much more agile storytelling.’
      • ‘He is at once the narrator, director and cameraman of this home-made production.’
      • ‘The identity of the film's voiceover narrator is never adequately established, and this proves distracting.’
      • ‘All Greek tragedies have choruses, who take on the roles of observers, narrators, commentators and critics.’
      • ‘The on-stage narrator is the author of the story, and she gives the play its literary sheen.’
      • ‘But the best bit is the story time, where an unseen narrator tells you " someone's coming".’
      • ‘"Well, there you have it, " came the narrator's voice.’
      • ‘The film uses only these two narrators, and bear in mind that they are independent in a world which is very limiting.’
      • ‘It is the same story of history that film-makers so love - the media history served up with music and grave narrator.’
      • ‘The narrator asks, " Is it death?’
      • ‘A voice-over narrator " explains " things, whereas we want to see and experience them.’
      • ‘Our unseen narrator promises us a lot of interesting things.’
      • ‘The film is narrated by the laconic narrator that Disney used a lot then.’
      • ‘"And so we bid farewell to the dark continent, " the narrator intoned.’
      • ‘A motto theme for William Penn is heard and the narrator intones Penn's prayer for Philadelphia.’
      • ‘The dance drama will have two narrators apart from the on stage dancers.’
      • ‘We also have a voice-over narrator to explain everything, along with lessons learned.’
      voice-over, commentator
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