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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
    We listened to the football commentary while watching the match.
    • (Can we date this quote by Henry Hallam and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      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 relation of an event, especially broadcast by television or radio, as it occurs


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