Definition of caption in English:

caption

Line breaks: cap|tion
Pronunciation: /ˈkapʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

  • 1A title or brief explanation accompanying an illustration, cartoon, or poster: he designed a series of posters with the caption: ‘No One is Innocent’
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    • Bournemouth Council now uses cartoon captions on its posters to attract attention.
    • The captions accompanying posters (which showed streams of bright sunlight through the clouds) were written in mock bible-speak.
    • Every key work is illustrated and accompanied by an explanatory caption.
    Synonyms
    title, heading, wording, head, legend, inscription, explanation, description, rubric, label, motto, slogan
  • 1.1A piece of text appearing on a cinema or television screen as part of a film or broadcast: the programme has a closing caption thanking the university for its cooperation
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    • The film, punctuated by captions highlighting what the party considers key achievements, wasn't so much about setting out key pledges but setting a tone and feeling for Labour's protagonists.
    • To judge by the Estonian television captions, the first day of the Leaving Cert was marked by the coming together of two trade unions, EESTI and IIRIMAA.
    • And on the simplest level, there was a disconcerting clash between the postmodern textuality dispensed by the singers and the humble captions on the screen.
  • 1.2 Law The heading of a legal document.
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    • Deeds, captions on cases, and other legal forms like subpoenas all serve the purpose of giving notice, which is how lawyers and the courts communicate with the public.
    • The case is notable not for the momentousness of the underlying legal question but for its amusing caption.
    • Defendants' motion to remove Kama's name from the caption of this case is ALLOWED.

verb

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  • Provide (an illustration) with a title or explanation: [with two objects]: the photograph was captioned ‘Three little maids’
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    • The photographs are carefully captioned, providing simple but interesting details about the plants and creatures.
    • But the New York Times admired Magnussen's design when it was introduced and captioned its illustration of it ‘The Lights and Shadows of New York.’
    • Informative text provides a running commentary, and each photo is captioned with historical details.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'seizing, capture'): from Latin captio(n-), from capere 'take, seize'. Early senses 'arrest' and 'warrant for arrest' gave rise to 'statement of where, when, and by whose authority a warrant was issued' (late 17th century): this was usually appended to a legal document, hence the sense 'heading or accompanying wording' (late 18th century).

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