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caption

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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

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

cap·tion·less play \-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


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caption

verb cap·tion

Definition of caption

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

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



1848

First Known Use of caption

1848



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