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noun cap·tion \ˈkap-shən\

Simple Definition of caption

  • : a sentence or group of words that is written on or next to a picture to explain what is being shown

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of caption

  1. 1 :  the part of a legal document that shows where, when, and by what authority it was taken, found, or executed

  2. 2 a :  the heading especially of an article or document :  title b :  the explanatory comment or designation accompanying a pictorial illustration c :  a motion-picture subtitle

captionless

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Examples of caption in a sentence

  1. The caption on the picture says This year's contest winners.

  2. <for the school yearbook, funny captions were written for snapshots showing a typical day at school>



Origin and Etymology of caption

probably short for certificate of caption (taking, seizure)


First Known Use: circa 1670


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caption

verb cap·tion

Definition of caption

captioned

captioning

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  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to furnish with a caption



1848

First Known Use of caption

1848


CAPTION Defined for Kids

caption

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noun cap·tion \ˈkap-shən\

Definition of caption for Students

  1. :  a comment or title that goes with a picture




Law Dictionary

caption

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noun cap·tion \ˈkap-shən\

Legal Definition of caption

  1. :  the part of a legal document that states the court, the names of the parties, the docket number, the title of the document, and sometimes the name of the judge



Origin and Etymology of caption

Medieval Latin captio act of taking, from Latin capere to take



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