Definition of subtitle in English:


Line breaks: sub|title
Pronunciation: /ˈsʌbtʌɪt(ə)l


  • 1 (subtitles) Captions displayed at the bottom of a cinema or television screen that translate or transcribe the dialogue or narrative: films in foreign languages with English subtitles
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    • Also included on these discs are English closed captions and subtitles.
    • It may seem a rather dull conversation, but it is one of the few conversations where Schultze's dialogue is not translated in the subtitles.
    • As per other Anchor Bay releases, no subtitles or closed captioning are included.
  • 2A subordinate title of a published work or article giving additional information about its content: the book had now acquired its final title with a qualifying subtitle
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    • The subtitle of my article published in last week's Mac Weekly leaves me bewildered.
    • These began with boxes for a title and a subtitle.
    • Page 23 has a title, a subtitle (which ends in a full stop, perhaps qualifying it as a sentence), and a dateline before anything which would qualify as body text.


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  • 1Provide (a film or programme) with subtitles: much of the film is subtitled
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    • Over 100 cinemas in the UK now offer subtitled screenings of films.
    • The film is subtitled in English, Spanish, and French.
    • Despite being in English, the film is subtitled, presumably to aid the audience in coping with the heavy accents and unfamiliar idioms.
  • 2Provide (a published work or article) with a subtitle: the novel was aptly subtitled
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    • Reiger actually subtitles this work as A History of the Sport - Its People and Places, Tackle and Techniques.
    • But Wright does subtitle his work ‘a record of reactions in a land of pathos,’ by which he means that his travelogue is a chronicle of his emotional reactions to the place and its people.
    • He subtitles his work, ‘Essays on the Reality of Science and Studies.’

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