1. [syn: comment, commentary]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Commentary \Com"men*ta*ry\, n.; pl. Commentaries. [L.
commentarius, commentarium, note book, commentary: cf. F.
commentaire. See Comment, v. i.]
1. 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.
This letter . . . was published by him with a severe
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a written explanation or criticism or illustration that is
added to a book or other textual material; "he wrote an
extended comment on the proposal" [syn: comment,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
46 Moby Thesaurus words for "commentary":
affix, allonge, analysis, annotation, apparatus criticus, appendix,
coda, codicil, comment, commentation, critical review, criticism,
critique, editorial, enclitic, envoi, epilogue, exegesis, footnote,
gloss, infix, interlineation, interpolation, leader,
leading article, marginalia, notation, note, note of explanation,
notice, obiter dictum, observation, postscript, prefix, proclitic,
remark, report, review, rider, running commentary, scholia,
scholium, suffix, tail, word of explanation, write-up