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narrator

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[nar-ey-ter, na-rey‐, nar-uh‐] /ˈnær eɪ tər, næ reɪ‐, ˈnær ə‐/
noun
1.
a person who gives an account or tells the story of events, experiences, etc.
2.
a person who adds spoken commentary to a film, television program, slide show, etc.
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  • In this town lived one Abder Russel, a personal friend of the narrator, who related the visit of the pirates to his dwelling.

  • Phaedo, who is the narrator of the dialogue to Echecrates of Phlius.

    Phaedo Plato
  • With what modifications did the narrator reply to this interrogation?

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • But the historian must be more than a narrator; he must be an interpreter.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • Of course there could be no use of the "we" when the narrator did not participate in what was being described.

    The Origin of Paul's Religion J. Gresham Machen
British Dictionary definitions for narrator

narrator

/nəˈreɪtə/
noun
1.
a person who tells a story or gives an account of something
2.
a person who speaks in accompaniment of a film, television programme, etc
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Word Origin and History for narrator
n.

1610s, from Latin narrator "a relater, narrator, historian," agent noun from narrat-, stem of narrare "to tell, relate" (see narration). In sense of "a commentator in a radio program" it is from 1941.

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narrator in Culture

narrator definition


A person who tells a story; in literature, the voice that an author takes on to tell a story. This voice can have a personality quite different from the author's. For example, in his story “The Tell-Tale Heart,” Edgar Allan Poe makes his narrator a raving lunatic.

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