A narrator is the storyteller in a book or movie. One of the most famous literary narrators is Herman Melville's Ishmael, who tells the story of Moby Dick.

The narrator is the person who tells the story — in other words, she narrates it. In a fictional work, the narrator is a character who relays the story from her own perspective, which is different from the writer. If you don't trust the narrator's version of the story, you may have encountered an "unreliable narrator." The Latin root is narrare, "to tell or relate," or literally "to make acquainted with," from gnarus, "knowing."

Definitions of narrator
  1. noun
    someone who tells a story
    synonyms: storyteller, teller
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    anecdotist, raconteur
    a person skilled in telling anecdotes
    a person who tells or invents fables
    a storyteller in West Africa; perpetuates the oral traditions of a family or village
    the narrative voice of a poem (as distinct from the poet)
    type of:
    speaker, talker, utterer, verbaliser, verbalizer
    someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous)
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