narrator

[nar-ey-ter, na-rey‐, nar-uh]
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.
Also, narrater.
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narrator (nəˈreɪtə)
 
n
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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narrator
1610s; see narration. In sense of "a commentator in a radio program" it is from 1941.
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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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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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Example sentences
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.
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