Definition of surtitle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsəːtʌɪt(ə)l/


(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.


[with object]
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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