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[nar-ey-ter, na-rey‐, nar-uh‐] /ˈnær eɪ tər, næ reɪ‐, ˈnær ə‐/
a person who gives an account or tells the story of events, experiences, etc.
a person who adds spoken commentary to a film, television program, slide show, etc.
Also, narrater. Unabridged
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Examples for narrator
  • This is the story of a very slow death of the narrator.
  • However, all my students are drawn to the vibrant narrator.
  • Having an omniscient narrator is essential to the book's success.
  • The manic-depressive narrator of this edgy novel offers an inside look at mental illness.
  • She lives the longest, so she is the narrator who can tell the full story.
  • This is a profoundly disturbing fiction because the narrator is unreliable.
  • Many of them showed up Friday night as the team honored its narrator.
  • The narrator makes his points clearly.
  • His narrator can't speak, write or do much reading.
  • The narrator offers glimpses of everyday life under capitalistic communism.
British Dictionary definitions for narrator


a person who tells a story or gives an account of something
a person who speaks in accompaniment of a film, television programme, etc
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Word Origin and History for narrator
1610s; see narration. In sense of "a commentator in a radio program" it is from 1941.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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Encyclopedia Article for narrator

one who tells a story. In a work of fiction the narrator determines the story's point of view. If the narrator is a full participant in the story's action, the narrative is said to be in the first person. A story told by a narrator who is not a character in the story is a third-person narrative.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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