[ na-rey-shuh n ]
/ næˈreɪ ʃən /


something narrated; an account, story, or narrative.
the act or process of narrating.
a recital of events, especially in chronological order, as the story narrated in a poem or the exposition in a drama.
Rhetoric. (in classical speech) the third part, the exposition of the question.

Nearby words

  1. narraganset,
  2. narragansett,
  3. narragansett bay,
  4. narrate,
  5. narrater,
  6. narrative,
  7. narrative of the life of frederick douglass,
  8. narratively,
  9. narrativize,
  10. narrator

Origin of narration

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin narrātiōn- (stem of narrātiō), equivalent to narrāt(us) (see narrate) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsnar·ra·tion·al, adjectivenon·nar·ra·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for narration


/ (nəˈreɪʃən) /


the act or process of narrating
a narrated account or story; narrative
(in traditional rhetoric) the third step in making a speech, the putting forward of the question
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Word Origin and History for narration



early 15c., from Old French narracion "account, statement, a relating, recounting, narrating, narrative tale," and directly from Latin narrationem (nominative narratio) "a relating, narrative," noun of action from past participle stem of narrare "to tell, relate, recount, explain," literally "to make acquainted with," from gnarus "knowing," from PIE suffixed zero-grade *gne-ro-, from root *gno- "to know" (see know).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for narration


The recounting of an event or series of events; the act of telling a story.

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