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surtitle Line breaks: sur|title
Pronunciation: /ˈsəːtʌɪt(ə)l/

Definition of surtitle in English:


(usually surtitles) ( trademark in the US)
A caption projected on a screen above the stage in an opera, translating the text being sung.
Example sentences
  • Projected over several screens, the surtitles use different fonts, with a comic-book typeface for the larger-than-life characters.
  • Conceding the point, many opera houses nowadays always flash surtitles above the proscenium.
  • The mini-operas are in English, with English surtitles projected on the walls as part of the convention-breaking design that will surround the roaming audience.


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Provide (an opera production) with surtitles.
Example sentences
  • The text is incredibly sophisticated, full of puns and rhymes that make it quite difficult to surtitle in English.
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