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[kom-uh n-tey-ter] /ˈkɒm ənˌteɪ tər/
a person who discusses news, sports events, weather, or the like, as on television or radio.
a person who makes commentaries.
Origin of commentator
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin commentātor interpreter, equivalent to commentā() to interpret (Latin: to think about, prepare, discuss, write, perhaps frequentative of comminīscī to devise; see comment) + Latin -tor -tor
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[kuh-men-tuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /kəˌmɛn təˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
commentatorially, adverb
supercommentator, noun Unabridged
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  • The commentator adduces in illustration, his being afflicted with incurable disease.

  • At the same time, we have not blindly or implicitly followed this commentator.

  • But—isn't it the theory nowadays that there shouldn't be any commentator?

    Angela's Business Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • The commentator explains this by a word which signifies cause or source.

  • The commentator considers the treasure-trove here alluded to, to be buried wealth, of which there is no claimant.

British Dictionary definitions for commentator


a person who provides a spoken commentary for a broadcast, film, etc, esp of a sporting event
a person who writes notes on a text, event, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for commentator

late 14c., "writer of commentaries," agent noun in Latin form from comment or commentary (Latin commentator meant "inventor, author"). Middle English also had a noun commentate, attested from early 15c. Meaning "writer of notes or expository comments" is from 1640s; sense of "one who gives commentary" (originally in sports) is from 1928.

"Well, Jem, what is a commentator?["]--"Why," was Jem's reply, "I suppose it must be the commonest of all taturs." ["Smart Sayings of Bright Children," collected by Howard Paul, 1886]

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