Definition of narrator in English:

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Pronunciation: /nəˈreɪtə/


1A person who narrates something, especially a character who recounts the events of a novel or narrative poem: his poetic efforts are mocked by the narrator of the story a first-person narrator
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  • The novel employs multiple narrators, including not only the three major characters but also their husbands, children, and parents.
  • In a similar way, Beatrice serves to question the narrative authority of the other narrators in the novel, all of them European-educated and male.
  • I return in Chapter 7 to the problem of identification and its effects: what role does the identification with literary characters and narrators play?
storyteller, teller of tales, recounter, relater, describer, chronicler, romancer, reporter, annalist;
Australian informal magsman
1.1A person who delivers a commentary accompanying a film, broadcast, piece of music, etc. a religious broadcast with Johnny Morris as narrator
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  • All Greek tragedies have choruses, who take on the roles of observers, narrators, commentators and critics.
  • That was a storytelling device. It was the ultimate frame - and television newspeople the ultimate narrators.
  • He is, as you say, the conscience of the film; a narrator, but it is more than that too.



Example sentences
  • A certain amount of narratorial omnipotence has to be practised if absorbing stories are to be created.
  • The turn to narrative, on the part of Jessop, then marks a significant moment in the story's attempt to force the idea into some form of representational and narratorial clarity.
  • The central story line of the opening episode is that of Clarissa's outing on foot to buy flowers for her party, for example, but this line is punctuated by a series of narratorial shifts.

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