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[na-rey-shuh n] /næˈreɪ ʃən/
something narrated; an account, story, or narrative.
the act or process of narrating.
a recital of events, especially in chronological order, as the story narrated in a poem or the exposition in a drama.
Rhetoric. (in classical speech) the third part, the exposition of the question.
Origin of narration
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin narrātiōn- (stem of narrātiō), equivalent to narrāt(us) (see narrate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
narrational, adjective
nonnarration, noun Unabridged
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  • It was a tedious tale and she who sat knitting there upon the purple rock told it to Gud in broken fragments of narration.

    The Book of Gud Dan Spain
  • narration is a recital of incidents or events in an orderly sequence.

  • The fifth scene opens with Lady Macbeth's perusal of her husband's narration of his interview with the witches.

    The Germ Various
  • Up to this moment I had not been particularly interested in the narration.

  • Here also there is greater difficulty than was experienced in narration or description.

    English: Composition and Literature W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
British Dictionary definitions for narration


the act or process of narrating
a narrated account or story; narrative
(in traditional rhetoric) the third step in making a speech, the putting forward of the question
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Word Origin and History for narration

early 15c., from Old French narracion "account, statement, a relating, recounting, narrating, narrative tale," and directly from Latin narrationem (nominative narratio) "a relating, narrative," noun of action from past participle stem of narrare "to tell, relate, recount, explain," literally "to make acquainted with," from gnarus "knowing," from PIE suffixed zero-grade *gne-ro-, from root *gno- "to know" (see know).

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narration in Culture

narration definition

The recounting of an event or series of events; the act of telling a story.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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