noun, plural commentaries.
a series of comments, explanations, or annotations: a commentary on the Bible; news followed by a commentary.
an explanatory essay or treatise: a commentary on a play; Blackstone's commentaries on law.
anything serving to illustrate a point, prompt a realization, or exemplify, especially in the case of something unfortunate: The dropout rate is a sad commentary on our school system.
Usually, commentaries. records of facts or events: Commentaries written by Roman lawyers give us information on how their courts functioned.

1375–1425; late Middle English commentaries (plural) < Latin commentārium notebook, noun use of neuter of commentārius, equivalent to comment(um) comment + -ārius -ary

commentarial [kom-uhn-tair-ee-uhl] , adjective
supercommentary, noun, plural supercommentaries. Unabridged
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commentary (ˈkɒməntərɪ, -trɪ)
n , pl -taries
1.  an explanatory series of notes or comments
2.  a spoken accompaniment to a broadcast, film, etc, esp of a sporting event
3.  an explanatory essay or treatise on a text
4.  (usually plural) a personal record of events or facts: the commentaries of Caesar

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Word Origin & History

1531, from L. commentarius "notebook, annotation," from commentum (see comment). Originally in Eng. as an adj.
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Example sentences
He does not so much brag about his achievements as offer a running commentary
  about the wonder of being himself.
It's not everyday that insect folks provide commentary on art.
You're welcome to check them all out and root for your favorites by leaving
  lavish commentary.
Radio reporters held microphones toward the commentary coming from the sets.
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