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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