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[nar-ey-ter, na-rey‐, nar-uh‐] /ˈnær eɪ tər, næˈreɪ‐, 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. Unabridged
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  • As my narrator grimly expressed it, "Him come back, go to work."

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • Phaedo, who is the narrator of the dialogue to Echecrates of Phlius.

    Phaedo Plato
  • But the historian must be more than a narrator; he must be an interpreter.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • The narrator on joining the sloop had found this man on board after some years of separation.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • The tenor, who may be regarded as the narrator, calls upon the Watchman, "What of the night?"

    The Standard Oratorios George P. Upton
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, 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.

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.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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