Definitions for commentaryˈkɒm ənˌtɛr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•men•tar•yˈkɒm ənˌtɛr i(n.)(pl.)-tar•ies.

  1. a series of comments, explanations, or annotations.

    Category: Literature

  2. an explanatory essay or treatise.

    Category: Literature

  3. anything serving to illustrate a point, prompt a realization, or exemplify:

    The dropout rate is a sad commentary on our school system.

  4. Usu., commentaries. a record of facts or events.

Origin of commentary:

1375–1425; late ME commentaries (pl.) < L commentārium notebook

com`men•tar′i•al-ˈtɛər i əl(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. comment, commentary(noun)

    a written explanation or criticism or illustration that is added to a book or other textual material

    "he wrote an extended comment on the proposal"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. commentary(noun)ˈkɒm ənˌtɛr i

    a spoken description of an event given as it happens

    the sports network's commentary on the game

  2. commentaryˈkɒm ənˌtɛr i

    discussion or observations about sth

    a sad commentary on today's society

Wiktionary

  1. commentary(Noun)

    A series of comments or annotations; especially, a book of explanations or expositions on the whole or a part of some other work.

    This letter . . . was published by him with a severe commentary. -Henry Hallam.

  2. commentary(Noun)

    A brief account of transactions or events written hastily, as if for a memorandum; -- usually in the plural; as, Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic War.

  3. commentary(Noun)

    An oral description of an event, especially broadcast by television or radio, as it occurs.

  4. Origin: commentarius, commentarium, confer commentaire. See comment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Commentary(verb)

    a series of comments or annotations; esp., a book of explanations or expositions on the whole or a part of the Scriptures or of some other work

  2. Commentary(verb)

    a brief account of transactions or events written hastily, as if for a memorandum; -- usually in the plural; as, Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic War

Freebase

  1. Commentary

    Commentary is a monthly American magazine on politics, Judaism, social and cultural issues. It was founded by the American Jewish Committee in 1945. Besides its strong coverage of cultural issues, it provided a strong voice for the anti-Stalinist left. By 1960 its editor was Norman Podhoretz, originally a mainstream liberal Democrat. He and his magazine moved to the right in the 1970s and 1980s. It became a leading voice of neoconservatism by 1976. Benjamin Balint says it was the "Contentious Magazine That Transformed the Jewish Left Into the Neoconservative Right" Historian Richard Pells says that "no other journal of the past half century has been so consistently influential, or so central to the major debates that have transformed the political and intellectual life of the United States."

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'commentary' in Nouns Frequency: #2962


Translations for commentary

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

commentary(noun)

(also running commentary ) a series of broadcast comments by a reporter at a ceremony, sports event etc.

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