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From Middle French commentaire, from Latin commentārius, commentārium (notebook), compare French commentaire. See comment.


commentary (countable and uncountable, plural commentaries)

  1. a series of comments or annotations; especially, a book of explanations or expositions on the whole or a part of some other work
    • 1827, Henry Hallam, The Constitutional History of England
      This letter [] was published by him with a severe commentary.
  2. (usually in the plural) a brief account of transactions or events written hastily, as if for a memorandum
  3. an oral relation of an event, especially broadcast by television or radio, as it occurs
    We listened to the football commentary while watching the match.


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