commentary-n; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: explanatory text

Commentary: COMMENTARY[+entity][+symbolic][+writing][+explanatory]
NOTE: refers to written text that provides an explanation

He has written several published commentaries on the Old Testament.
Sally skipped the editor's commentary in the preface and jumped right in to the novel.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: expressing an opinion, giving an account

Commentary: COMMENTARY[+action][+communication][+spoken][+explanatory]
NOTE: implies an actor/agent speaking

We listened to commentary from a BBC correspondent on the radio.
John's long-winded commentary of the project's goals put everyone to sleep at the meeting.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 3b

Sense Number 3: serving as an illustration or explanation of something

Commentary: COMMENTARY[+relation][+role][+illustrative]
NOTE: refers to anything that serves the role to illustrate a point

These starving refugee children are a sad commentary upon the state of the world.
Mary's body piercings and gum-chewing are sufficient commentary on her lack of taste, according to Sally.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 3a

Sense Number 4: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)