narration

Narration is the act of telling a story, usually in some kind of chronological order. Making up a scary ghost story and relating it around a camp fire is an act of narration.

Narration generally means any kind of explaining or telling of something. It is usually used in reference to storytelling. If you've ever watched a television show where one character's voice talks directly to the audience, then you've heard narration. You will often find narration happening in songs where the singer is telling the story of how something happened — like the day he lost his guitar, his truck, his wife, and started singing the blues.

Definitions of narration
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n the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events

“his narration was hesitant”
Synonyms:
recital, yarn
Types:
recounting, relation, telling
an act of narration
Type of:
account, report
the act of informing by verbal report

n a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program

Synonyms:
narrative, story, tale
Examples:
Canterbury Tales
an uncompleted series of tales written after 1387 by Geoffrey Chaucer
Arabian Nights' Entertainment
a collection of folktales in Arabic dating from the 10th century
Types:
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tearjerker
an excessively sentimental narrative
tall tale
an improbable (unusual or incredible or fanciful) story
folk tale, folktale
a tale circulated by word of mouth among the common folk
sob story, sob stuff
a sentimental story (or drama) of personal distress; designed to arouse sympathy
fairy story, fairy tale, fairytale
a story about fairies; told to amuse children
nursery rhyme
a tale in rhymed verse for children
Type of:
content, message, subject matter, substance
what a communication that is about something is about

n (rhetoric) the second section of an oration in which the facts are set forth

Type of:
section, subdivision
a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)

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