Dictionary.com

commentary

[ kom-uhn-ter-ee ]
/ ˈkɒm ənˌtɛr i /
Save This Word!

noun, plural com·men·tar·ies.
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.
QUIZ
CUDDLE UP! A COZY QUIZ ON FALL WORDS HAS ARRIVED
If autumn is your ideal season, spice up your repertoire of "fall" vocabulary with this quiz on some warm and vivid descriptive words for the season.
Question 1 of 10
Which of the following words means “to make a crackling sound; crackle”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of commentary

1375–1425; late Middle English commentaries (plural) <Latin commentārium notebook, noun use of neuter of commentārius, equivalent to comment(um) comment + -ārius-ary

OTHER WORDS FROM commentary

com·men·tar·i·al [kom-uhn-tair-ee-uhl], /ˌkɒm ənˈtɛər i əl/, adjectivesu·per·com·men·tar·y, noun, plural su·per·com·men·tar·ies.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use commentary in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for commentary

commentary
/ (ˈkɒməntərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun plural -taries
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

Derived forms of commentary

commentarial (ˌkɒmənˈtɛərɪəl), adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK