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commentator

[kom-uh n-tey-ter] /ˈkɒm ənˌteɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person who discusses news, sports events, weather, or the like, as on television or radio.
2.
a person who makes commentaries.
Origin
1350-1400
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
Related forms
commentatorial
[kuh-men-tuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /kəˌmɛn təˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
commentatorially, adverb
supercommentator, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for commentators

commentator

/ˈkɒmənˌteɪtə/
noun
1.
a person who provides a spoken commentary for a broadcast, film, etc, esp of a sporting event
2.
a person who writes notes on a text, event, etc
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Word Origin and History for commentators

commentator

n.

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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