narrator

or nar·rat·er

[nar-ey-ter, na-rey‐, nar-uh‐]
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noun
  1. a person who gives an account or tells the story of events, experiences, etc.
  2. a person who adds spoken commentary to a film, television program, slide show, etc.
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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.

    Phaedo

    Plato

  • 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

narrator

noun
  1. a person who tells a story or gives an account of something
  2. a person who speaks in accompaniment of a film, television programme, etc
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Word Origin and History for narrator
n.

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

narrator

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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