Definition of subtitle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsəbˌtīdl/


1 (subtitles) Captions displayed at the bottom of a movie or television screen that translate or transcribe the dialogue or narrative.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


[with object] (usually be subtitled)
1Provide (a movie or program) with subtitles: much of the film is subtitled
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: sub·ti·tle

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