or nar·rat·er

[nar-ey-ter, na-rey‐, nar-uh‐]


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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for narrator

novelist, writer, chronicler, author, raconteur, reporter

Examples from the Web for narrator

Contemporary Examples of narrator

Historical Examples of narrator

  • As my narrator grimly expressed it, "Him come back, go to work."

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • Phaedo, who is the narrator of the dialogue to Echecrates of Phlius.



  • But the historian must be more than a narrator; he must be an interpreter.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • The narrator on joining the sloop had found this man on board after some years of separation.

    Within the Tides

    Joseph Conrad

  • The tenor, who may be regarded as the Narrator, calls upon the Watchman, "What of the night?"

    The Standard Oratorios

    George P. Upton

British Dictionary definitions for narrator



a person who tells a story or gives an account of something
a person who speaks in accompaniment of a film, television programme, etc
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

Word Origin and History for narrator

1610s, from Latin narrator "a relater, narrator, historian," agent noun from narrat-, stem of narrare "to tell, relate" (see narration). In sense of "a commentator in a radio program" it is from 1941.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

narrator in Culture


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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