Definition of play-by-play in English:

play-by-play

noun

North American
  • A detailed running commentary on an athletic contest.

    ‘he provided play-by-play as well as interviews’
    [as modifier] ‘the play-by-play announcer’
    • ‘He is the Spanish play-by-play announcer for the Florida Marlins.’
    • ‘It takes the play-by-play nature of radio and television and converges it online.’
    • ‘They boarded a bus to Midway Airport with the game in progress and listened to the play-by-play on the radio.’
    • ‘When I broke in back in 1986 as a play-by-play announcer, the position was pretty rigidly defined.’
    • ‘His play-by-play partner had the second-best quote of the night.’
    • ‘I won't regale you with the play-by-play description of the game.’
    • ‘It all starts in the press box with the play-by-play and color commentaries.’
    • ‘Conner will serve as the programs' analyst, and Chris Marlowe will be the play-by-play announcer.’
    • ‘And so Nick was giving us the play-by-play long distance on exactly what was going on.’
    • ‘Greg filled me in with a flawless play-by-play, rescuing my scorecard from oblivion.’
    • ‘His name was so prominent in the play-by-play that you started to look around for Stills and Nash.’
    • ‘He is a television play-by-play broadcaster for the Twins, a position he has held for six years.’
    • ‘The play-by-play guy is watching substitutions and talking to the truck as well.’
    • ‘The play-by-play announcer holds a special place in our hearts.’
    • ‘Officially, I was introduced to my play-by-play partner only after we went to break following the third game of the first set.’
    • ‘He laughed as Dragon gave him a play-by-play detailed description of the fight.’
    • ‘With the music, the microphone, the excitement, the adrenaline, and the play-by-play, the tournament was bananas.’
    • ‘For play-by-play analysis I'll turn it to Aaron Gleeman, but this is how the prospects did yesterday.’
    • ‘Josh Lewin is the television voice of the Texas Rangers and a play-by-play announcer for FOX's Saturday Game of the Week.’
    • ‘Henrietta Niekro listened to the game and passed on the play-by-play to her husband.’

Pronunciation

play-by-play

/ˈˌplā bī ˈplā/