commentary

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From Middle French commentaire, from Latin commentarius, commentarium (notebook), compare French commentaire. See comment.

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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.
    We listened to the football commentary while watching the match.
    • Henry Hallam
      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.
    Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic War
  3. An oral description of an event, especially broadcast by television or radio, as it occurs.

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