See also: Commentator

English edit

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Etymology edit

From Middle English commentator, from Latin commentātor.

Pronunciation edit

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkɑmənˌteɪtəɹ/
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Noun edit

commentator (plural commentators)

  1. A person who comments; especially someone who is paid to give his/her opinions in the media about current affairs, sports, etc.
  2. (historical, law) A medieval legal scholar who authored prose commentaries on civil law; (specifically) a member of a comparatively innovative 14th-century school of jurisprudence, typically distinguished from the earlier glossators.
    • 2009, Randall Lesaffer, European Legal History: A Cultural and Political Perspective, →ISBN, page 257:
      It would be well into the fourteenth century before the commentators came into their own.

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Latin edit

Etymology 1 edit

From commentor +‎ -tor. In the medieval sense of “jailer”, from the jailer’s duty of writing commentārii (memoranda) with records of those held in custody.

Noun edit

commentātor m (genitive commentātōris); third declension

  1. (Late Latin) inventor, author
  2. (Late Latin) interpreter
  3. (Medieval Latin) jailer
Declension edit

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative commentātor commentātōrēs
Genitive commentātōris commentātōrum
Dative commentātōrī commentātōribus
Accusative commentātōrem commentātōrēs
Ablative commentātōre commentātōribus
Vocative commentātor commentātōrēs
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Etymology 2 edit

Verb edit


  1. second/third-person singular future active imperative of commentor

References edit

  • commentator”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • commentator in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • commentator in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Souter, Alexander (1949), “commentator”, in A Glossary of Later Latin to 600 A.D., 1st edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, published 1957, page 62
  • Niermeyer, Jan Frederik (1976), “commentator”, in Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus, Leiden, Boston: E. J. Brill, page 217
  • commentator in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[1], pre-publication website, 2005-2016