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narrator

[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.
Also, narrater.

narrate

[nar-eyt, na-reyt] /ˈnær eɪt, næˈreɪt/
verb (used with object), narrated, narrating.
1.
to give an account or tell the story of (events, experiences, etc.).
2.
to add a spoken commentary to (a film, television program, etc.):
to narrate a slide show.
verb (used without object), narrated, narrating.
3.
to relate or recount events, experiences, etc., in speech or writing.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin narrātus (past participle of narrāre to relate, tell, say), equivalent to nār(us) knowing, acquainted with (variant of gnārus; see cognition) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
narratable, adjective
narrator, narrater
[nar-ey-ter, na-rey-, nar-uh-] /ˈnær eɪ tər, næˈreɪ-, ˈnær ə-/ (Show IPA),
noun
misnarrate, verb, misnarrated, misnarrating.
unnarratable, adjective
unnarrated, adjective
well-narrated, adjective
Synonyms
1. detail, recite. See describe.
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British Dictionary definitions for narrators

narrate

/nəˈreɪt/
verb
1.
to tell (a story); relate
2.
to speak in accompaniment of (a film, television programme, etc)
Derived Forms
narratable, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin narrāre to recount, from gnārus knowing

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 narrators

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.

narrate

v.

1748, back-formation from narration or else from Latin narratus, past participle of narrare "to tell, relate, recount" (see narration). "Richardson and Johnson call it Scottish" [OED], a stigma which kept it from general use until 19c. A few mid-17c. instances are traceable to Spanish narrar. Related: Narrated; narrating.

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narrators 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 narrators

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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