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noun Movies, Television.
  1. the voice of an offscreen narrator, announcer, or the like.
  2. a televised sequence, as in a commercial, using such a voice.
  3. any offscreen voice, as that of a character in a narrative.

Origin of voice-over

First recorded in 1945–50
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  1. the voice of an unseen commentator heard during a film, television programme, etc
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