Caption definition

kăpshən
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.
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A title, short explanation, or description accompanying an illustration or a photograph.
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A title or heading, as of a document or article.
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(archaic) Seizure.
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(law) The heading of a pleading or other document that identifies the parties, court, term, and number of the action.
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To furnish a caption for.
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To supply a caption for.
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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.

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A descriptive title, or legend, as under an illustration.
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(film, tv) A subtitle.
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A heading showing the names of the parties, court, and docket number in a pleading or deposition.
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The heading of a pleading that contains the names of the parties and court, the case index or docket number, and the type of pleading the document is.
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The taking or carrying away of an object. See also larceny, robbery, and trespass.
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The arrest or seizure of a person pursuant to legal process.
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A title or brief explanation attached to an illustration or cartoon.
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A heading or title, as of an article.
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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.

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A part of a legal instrument, such as an indictment, showing where, when, and by what authority it was executed.
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(typography) The descriptive heading or title of a document or part therof.
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(cinematography) A piece of text appearing on screen as subtitle or other part of a film or broadcast.
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(law) The section on an official paper that describes when, where, what was taken, found or executed, and by whom it was authorized.
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To add captions to a text or illustration.

Only once the drawing is done will the letterer caption it.

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To add captions to a film or broadcast.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
caption
Plural:
captions

Origin of caption

  • Middle English capcioun arrest from Old French capcion from Latin captiō captiōn- from captus past participle of capere to seize kap- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary