Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A series of explanations or interpretations.
  • n. An expository treatise or series of annotations; an exegesis. Often used in the plural.
  • n. An apt explanation or illustration: a scandal that is a sad commentary on national politics.
  • n. A personal narrative; a memoir. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A series of comments or annotations; especially, a book of explanations or expositions on the whole or a part of some other work.
  • n. 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.
  • n. An oral description of an event, especially broadcast by television or radio, as it occurs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A series of comments or annotations; esp., a book of explanations or expositions on the whole or a part of the Scriptures or of some other work.
  • n. A brief account of transactions or events written hastily, as if for a memorandum; -- usually in the plural.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A series or collection of comments or annotations; especially, an explanation or elucidation of difficult and obscure passages in a book or other writing, and consideration of questions suggested by them, arranged in the same order as in the text or writing examined; an explanatory essay or treatise: as, a commentary on the Bible. A textual commentary explains the author's meaning, sentence by sentence.
  • n. Anything that serves to explain or illustrate; an exemplification.
  • n. A historical narrative; an explanatory record of particular transactions: as, the Commentaries of Cæsar.
  • n. Synonyms See remark, n.
  • To write notes or comments.
  • To comment upon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a written explanation or criticism or illustration that is added to a book or other textual material

Etymologies

Latin commentarius, commentarium ("note book"), confer French commentaire. See comment. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The answer to all of the questions posed in this commentary is a resounding YES!

    Will the Senate health bill tame costs?

  • In the few cases where I * do* have domain specific knowledge, I often see you making mistakes, which makes me wonder how much of the remainder of your commentary is accurate.

    Matthew Yglesias » Critique of Pure Yglesias

  • Nowhere in the commentary is the word illegal used yet when people are asked it is always the subtext.

    Immigration: Has the Public Been Ignored?, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • June 17th, 2009 at 7: 14 pm bob Says: your commentary is a fine example of what sucks about the internet: any two-bit fat fuk with an opinion can set himself up as commentator and a lot of stupid people believe that anything you have to say might actually be relevant or meaningful. go back to selling used cars or whatever it is people of your “stature” did before blogging got hip …

    Wonk Room » Open Letter To Robert Kagan

  • When I link to something, I try to be aware of what in particular about it grabbed my attention, and what I try to do in my commentary is address that specifically as briefly as possible.

    April 2009

  • Update: Ok, the commenters have a point on second viewing: the commentary is approximately as annoying and tendentious as Klein.

    Video Fisking

  • Makes me extra happy for having Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki as the leads on my favourite show ... interesting or not, the commentary is there.

    Ever Wonder Why… | the TV addict

  • Take a look for yourself (the commentary is hers, not mine):

    Balloon Juice » 2004 » April

  • Meanwhile, behind the scenes in "commentary" writing, hint she is over for the Republican ticket.

    Iowa GOP to Palin: Come to Des Moines

  • Bud, I'm sorry, but the juxtaposition of articles in your post is exactly the kind of commentary from the USA that is used to foment and ferment a situation and blow what's real completely out of proportion.

    More Tourist go home

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