or nar·rat·er

[ nar-ey-ter, na-rey‐, nar-uh‐ ]
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  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.

Origin of narrator

First recorded in 1610–20; from Latin narrātor “narrator, historian” see narrate, -or2

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British Dictionary definitions for narrator


/ (nəˈreɪtə) /

  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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Cultural definitions for 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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