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From Middle French commentaire, from Latin commentarius, commentarium ‎(note book), confer French commentaire. See comment.


commentary ‎(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.
    This letter . . . was published by him with a severe commentary. -Henry Hallam.
  2. A brief account of transactions or events written hastily, as if for a memorandum; -- usually in the plural; as, 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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