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[kom-uh n-tey-ter]
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  1. a person who discusses news, sports events, weather, or the like, as on television or radio.
  2. a person who makes commentaries.
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Origin of commentator

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin commentātor interpreter, equivalent to commentā(rī) to interpret (Latin: to think about, prepare, discuss, write, perhaps frequentative of comminīscī to devise; see comment) + Latin -tor -tor
Related formscom·men·ta·to·ri·al [kuh-men-tuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /kəˌmɛn təˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjectivecom·men·ta·to·ri·al·ly, adverbsu·per·com·men·ta·tor, noun
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correspondent, observer, pundit, announcer, writer, critic, reviewer, analyst, interpreter, expositor

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  1. a person who provides a spoken commentary for a broadcast, film, etc, esp of a sporting event
  2. a person who writes notes on a text, event, etc
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Word Origin and History for commentator


late 14c., "writer of commentaries," agent noun in Latin form from comment or commentary (Latin commentator meant "inventor, author"). Middle English also had a noun commentate, attested from early 15c. Meaning "writer of notes or expository comments" is from 1640s; sense of "one who gives commentary" (originally in sports) is from 1928.

"Well, Jem, what is a commentator?["]--"Why," was Jem's reply, "I suppose it must be the commonest of all taturs." ["Smart Sayings of Bright Children," collected by Howard Paul, 1886]
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