or nar·rat·er

[ 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.

Definition for narrater (2 of 2)

[ nar-eyt, na-reyt ]
/ ˈnær eɪt, næˈreɪt /

verb (used with object), nar·rat·ed, nar·rat·ing.

to give an account or tell the story of (events, experiences, etc.).
to add a spoken commentary to (a film, television program, etc.): to narrate a slide show.

verb (used without object), nar·rat·ed, nar·rat·ing.

to relate or recount events, experiences, etc., in speech or writing.

Origin of narrate

1650–60; < Latin narrātus (past participle of narrāre to relate, tell, say), equivalent to nār(us) knowing, acquainted with (variant of gnārus; see cognition) + -ātus -ate1



synonym study for narrate

1. See describe. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for narrater (1 of 2)

/ (nəˈreɪt) /


to tell (a story); relate
to speak in accompaniment of (a film, television programme, etc)

Derived forms of narrate

narratable, adjective

Word Origin for narrate

C17: from Latin narrāre to recount, from gnārus knowing

British Dictionary definitions for narrater (2 of 2)

/ (nəˈreɪtə) /


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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Cultural definitions for narrater


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.

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