- The definition of a caption is a heading or title, or words on a screen that communicate what is being said.
- An example of a caption is the title of a magazine article.
- An example of a caption is a descriptive title under a photograph.
- An example of a caption are the words at the bottom of a television or movie screen to translate the dialogue into another language or to provide the dialogue to the hard of hearing.
- To caption is defined as to add a descriptive title or to add dialogue words on a screen.
- An example of caption is to identify the subject of a photograph by adding a title under the photograph.
- An example of caption is to add English subtitles on the screen of a movie with French dialogue.
- Archaic seizure
- a part of a legal instrument, such as an indictment, showing where, when, and by what authority it was executed
- a heading showing the names of the parties, court, and docket number in a pleading or deposition
- a heading or title, as of an article
- a descriptive title, or legend, as under an illustration
- Film, TV a subtitle
Origin of captionMiddle English capcioun ; from Old French capcion ; from Classical Latin captio ; from past participle of capere, take: see have
- A title, short explanation, or description accompanying an illustration or a photograph.
- A series of words superimposed on the bottom of television or motion picture frames that communicate dialogue to the hearing-impaired or translate foreign dialogue.
- A title or heading, as of a document or article.
- Law The heading of a pleading or other document that identifies the parties, court, term, and number of the action.
transitive verbcap·tioned, cap·tion·ing, cap·tions
Origin of captionMiddle English capcioun, arrest, from Old French capcion, from Latin captiō, captiōn-, from captus, past participle of capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
- (typography) The descriptive heading or title of a document or part therof
- A title or brief explanation attached to an illustration or cartoon.
- (cinematography) A piece of text appearing on screen as subtitle or other part of a film or broadcast.
- (law) The section on an official paper that describes when, where, what was taken, found or executed, and by whom it was authorized.
(third-person singular simple present captions, present participle captioning, simple past and past participle captioned)
- To add captions to a text or illustration.
- Only once the drawing is done will the letterer caption it.
- To add captions to a film or broadcast.
Attested c.1384, in sense “taking, seizure”, from Old French capcion or directly from Latin captio, from the past participle of capiō (“I take, I seize”) (English capture).