[ 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.

Origin of narration

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


nar·ra·tion·al, adjectivenon·nar·ra·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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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Cultural definitions for narration


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

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