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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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Examples from the web for narration
  • It would have helped if the narration had hinted at this mystery sooner.
  • In the film, the narration comes from the penguins' perspective-we're hearing their thoughts.
  • The footage is magnificent and the narration is clear and informative.
  • And when you load up a game and it displays the name of the area you're in, that also has narration over it.
  • They try to link whatever they find to the biblical narration.
  • His words are sometimes presented as narration or voice-overs, and sometimes as dialogue.
  • He started his camera and recorded a narration of his extraordinary attempt to walk out.
  • It was well-balanced as far as dialogue and narration go, and the storyline was engaging.
  • It is often considered that her existence was so dull as to defy narration.
  • If the narration was spread across a few people or there was a removed narrator-that didn't interest me at much.
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.

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