[ vois-oh-ver ]
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nounMovies, Television.
  1. the voice of an offscreen narrator, announcer, or the like.

  2. a televised sequence, as in a commercial, using such a voice.

  1. any offscreen voice, as that of a character in a narrative.

Origin of voice-over

First recorded in 1945–50

Words Nearby voice-over

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How to use voice-over in a sentence

  • Girards voice over it later had been mistakenly understood to promise an immediate ending of the mystery.

    The Wayfarers | Mary Stewart Cutting
  • The voice over the telephone seemed like the one that had called to the girl in the pony-cart.

    Aunt Crete's Emancipation | Grace Livingston Hill
  • And each morning she, too, would awake to his call, his voice over the telephone.

    The Salamander | Owen Johnson
  • "That is well," cried a voice over his shoulder, and Bertram with an air of relief stepped hastily forward.

    The Sword of Damocles | Anna Katharine Green
  • Almost immediately on the announcement came another voice over the com line.

    Where I Wasn't Going | Walt Richmond

British Dictionary definitions for voice-over


  1. the voice of an unseen commentator heard during a film, television programme, etc

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