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noun cap·tion \ˈkap-shən\

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

Full Definition of CAPTION

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:  the part of a legal document that shows where, when, and by what authority it was taken, found, or executed
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
cap·tion·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of CAPTION

  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 of CAPTION

probably short for certificate of caption (taking, seizure)
First Known Use: circa 1670

Other Publishing Terms

annotate, dreadful, emend, expurgate, factoid, jump, lobster shift, redaction, referee

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verb
cap·tionedcap·tion·ing \-sh(ə-)niŋ\

Definition of CAPTION

transitive verb
:  to furnish with a caption

First Known Use of CAPTION

1848
CAPTION Defined for Kids

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noun cap·tion \ˈkap-shən\

Definition of CAPTION for Kids

:  a comment or title that goes with a picture

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