- a series of comments, explanations, or annotations: a commentary on the Bible; news followed by a commentary.
- an explanatory essay or treatise: a commentary on a play; Blackstone's commentaries on law.
- anything serving to illustrate a point, prompt a realization, or exemplify, especially in the case of something unfortunate: The dropout rate is a sad commentary on our school system.
- Usually commentaries. records of facts or events: Commentaries written by Roman lawyers give us information on how their courts functioned.
Origin of commentary
Related Words for commentarycomment, criticism, remark, description, treatise, review, narration, critique, explanation, observation, notes, gloss, appreciation, discourse, exposition, consideration, exegesis, annotation, voice-over
Examples from the Web for commentary
Contemporary Examples of commentary
In the ten pages of commentary, if anyone felt differently they were in the clear minority.The Monsters Who Screamed for Dead Cops
December 23, 2014
The CIA Publication Review Board has required that the following statement be included with this commentary.CIA Agents Assess: How Real Is ‘Homeland’?
Chuck Cogan, John MacGaffin
December 15, 2014
Its reporting and commentary on politics, society, and arts and letters have nurtured a broad liberal spirit in our national life.Facebook Prince Purges The New Republic: Inside the Destruction of a 100-Year-Old Magazine
December 5, 2014
On some issues, Puck was so mired in its own times that the commentary is redundant.The Magazine That Made—and Unmade—Politicians
November 2, 2014
Twitter accounts associated with the group promote her YouTube videos, retweet her, and offer praise for pro-Assad commentary.The Kardashian Look-Alike Trolling for Assad
Noah Shachtman, Michael Kennedy
October 17, 2014
Historical Examples of commentary
That admirable book is a commentary upon this part of Genesis.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
What a commentary on their desertion of him were the looks so full of benevolence and affection!Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
I 'll keep just to fact, and leave the commentary on this to yourself.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
I shall give his story in his own words, without any commentary.
The commentary is not written in the Zend language, but in Pahlavi or Persian.History of Religion
- an explanatory series of notes or comments
- a spoken accompaniment to a broadcast, film, etc, esp of a sporting event
- an explanatory essay or treatise on a text
- (usually plural) a personal record of events or factsthe commentaries of Caesar
1530s, from Middle French commentaire, or directly from Latin commentarius "notebook, annotation; diary, memoir," noun use of adjective, "relating to comments," from commentum (see comment (n.)). Perhaps the Latin noun is short for volumen commentarium. Originally in English as an adjective (early 15c.).