sub·​ti·​tle | \ ˈsəb-ˌtī-tᵊl How to pronounce subtitle (audio) \

Definition of subtitle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a secondary or explanatory title
2 : a printed statement or fragment of dialogue appearing on the screen between the scenes of a silent motion picture or appearing as a translation at the bottom of the screen during the scenes of a motion picture or television show in a foreign language


subtitled; subtitling; subtitles

Definition of subtitle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give a subtitle to

Examples of subtitle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Smaller features being added include live captions and subtitles, and secured private channels. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft Teams taps AI to boost new background, whiteboarding features," 19 Mar. 2019 As the subtitle — Episodes IV-VI, 1977-1983 — says, this volume only covers the first three installments of the franchise. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The Star Wars Archives is a monster behind-the-scenes book," 15 Dec. 2018 The order of nouns in Mr. Holzer’s subtitle announces the priority of biography over art. John Wilmerding, WSJ, "‘Monument Man’ Review: The Man Who Gave Us Lincoln," 8 Mar. 2019 The subtitle of Sharp is The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion. Roxane Gay, The Cut, "‘Argument Can Actually Be Joyful’: Women, Critics, and What It Means to Be Sharp," 20 Apr. 2018 Skype is getting live captioning and subtitles to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Skype will soon live-caption video calls," 3 Dec. 2018 Microsoft is adding real-time captions and subtitles to PowerPoint early next year. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft PowerPoint is getting real-time captions and subtitles for presentations," 3 Dec. 2018 Where to find it: On YouTube with English subtitles. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The Verge’s guide to tolerable family streaming entertainment," 21 Nov. 2018 Watch with subtitles and don't—seriously, don't—watch while hungry. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Travel Shows to Watch on Netflix Right Now," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The series could use a winner that’s not subtitled Warhammer. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Call of Duty's battle royale is free-to-try, Steam moved 15 exabytes of data in 2018," 18 Jan. 2019 Marathi, Hindi, English Punjabi, and Gujarati (all subtitled; turn off the awful English dubbing)—and the arrestingly chromatic visuals. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Netflix’s Sacred Games Is Your Next Binge Watch," 20 July 2018 The slate features In the Fade, which won the Golden Globe for best foreign-language film, as well as US premieres — all subtitled in English — and Q&As with filmmakers., "Five things to do, March 19-25," 16 Mar. 2018 Banana Fish starts streaming July 5th on Amazon Prime Video subtitled. Michael Moore, The Verge, "Eight new anime shows to check out this summer," 29 June 2018 Normally, closed caption subtitling bleeps words in a variety of different ways: phrases, such as (bleep), [expletive], or [censored] may be used, though sometimes hyphens or asterisks are substituted instead (f–k, f---, or f*** are all examples. Ace Ratcliff, SELF, "I Rely On Closed Captions to Enjoy a Show And I Don't Appreciate Netflix's Way of Censoring Them," 10 July 2018 Chio’s School Road starts airing July 6th on Crunchyroll (subtitled) and Funimation (dubbed). Michael Moore, The Verge, "Eight new anime shows to check out this summer," 29 June 2018 Adult Swim’s website has the original FLCL series posted online in English, Hulu has it in subtitled Japanese, and Funimation has both. Stephen Scaife, The Verge, "Cult favorite anime FLCL is back with new episodes — but 15 years later, the original still shines," 2 June 2018 The play, subtitled A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, is told in two parts: Part One, Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika. Dave Quinn,, "Andrew Garfield Dedicates Tony Award to 'LGBTQ People Who Have Died for the Right to Live'," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of subtitle


1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1830, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of subtitle

: words that appear on the screen during a movie, video, or television show and that are translations of what the actors are saying
: a title that comes after the main title of a book and that often gives more information about the contents of the book

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