- a remark, observation, or criticism: a comment about the weather.
- gossip; talk: His frequent absences gave rise to comment.
- a criticism or interpretation, often by implication or suggestion: The play is a comment on modern society.
- a user response to published content on the Internet, written in a designated “Comments” section, often below the published content: There were many online comments criticizing the author.
- a note in explanation, expansion, or criticism of a passage in a book, article, or the like; annotation.
- explanatory or critical matter added to a text.
- Also called rheme. Linguistics. the part of a sentence that communicates new information about the topic.Compare topic(def 4).
- to make remarks, observations, or criticisms: He refused to comment on the decision of the court.
- to write explanatory or critical notes upon a text.
- to make comments or remarks on; furnish with comments; annotate.
Origin of comment
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Examples from the Web for comment
Maxwell was not available for comment but has described all claims against her as “untrue” and “obvious lies.”From Playboy Prince to Dirty Old Man?
January 5, 2015
Maxwell was not available for comment describes all claims against her as “untrue” and “obvious lies.”Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’
January 4, 2015
The Italian foreign ministry has declined to comment on the video.Jihadis Release New Year’s Eve Video of Italian Female Hostages
Jamie Dettmer, Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 2, 2015
The FCC investigation recently closed its comment period on the Marriott case.How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security
December 31, 2014
Abu Faour declined repeated requests to comment for this article.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
Yet, his comment, meager as it was, stood wholly in Mary's favor.
To Pope's corrections, which Garth adopted, Mason had added a comment.De Libris: Prose and Verse
Garson's comment as she departed was uttered with his accustomed bluntness.
Comment on them is unnecessary, as they speak forcibly for themselves.Ridgeway
"Of course I will, if she's got her head set on working," was his comment.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
- a remark, criticism, or observation
- talk or gossip
- a note explaining or criticizing a passage in a text
- explanatory or critical matter added to a text
- (when intr, often foll by on; when tr, takes a clause as object) to remark or express an opinion
- (intr) to write notes explaining or criticizing a text
Word Origin and History for comment
late 14c., from Old French coment "commentary" or directly from Late Latin commentum "comment, interpretation," in classical Latin "invention, fabrication, fiction," neuter past participle of comminisci "to contrive, devise," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + base of meminisse "to remember," related to mens (genitive mentis) "mind" (see mind (n.)). The Latin word meaning "something invented" was taken by Isidore and other Christian theologians for "interpretation, annotation." No comment as a stock refusal to answer a journalist's question is first recorded 1950, from Truman's White House press secretary, Charles Ross.
early 15c., from Middle French commenter (15c.), from Latin commentari, from commentum (see comment (n.)). Related: Commented; commenting.