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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The song was then uploaded on YouTube on Aug. 31 with English subtitles and rousing scenes from demonstrations, such as crowds parting for an ambulance, a child leading chants and a banner hung on a mountain. New York Times, "Hong Kong Protesters, Without an Anthem to Sing, Create One Online," 12 Sep. 2019 Torres, Armisen and creator-star Ana Fabrega made a bilingual series, in Spanish and English with subtitles for both languages, about a friend group that makes a business of creating faux horror scenarios. Justin Curto,, "Unapologetically Weird Los Espookys Star Julio Torres Calls Working with Fred Armisen 'a Dream'," 8 Aug. 2019 The live casting will be in English only for now without subtitles or captions, but Epic is pointing fans to for localized content. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Epic will let you watch the Fortnite World Cup live while playing the game," 23 July 2019 The film, in Dutch with subtitles, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the theater at 300 Summit St. on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford. Susan Dunne,, "Dutch LGBT romantic comedy ‘Just Friends’ at Cinestudio," 8 July 2019 Rate1xChapters Chapters Descriptions descriptions off, selected Subtitles captions and subtitles off, selected Audio TrackFullscreen This is a modal window. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 2018 The artist is about to make her London solo debut with her latest collection, Splash, a provocative new series of cinematic photographs with typically relatable subtitles., "Get To Know The Sad, Funny & Sexy Work Of This Coming-Of-Age Photographer," 8 June 2018 Haggman announced his abolish ICE platform four weeks ago, before the family separation issue became national news, and is running television ads on it, including a spot featuring his Spanish-speaking wife with English subtitles. Alex Daugherty, miamiherald, "South Florida Democrats lurch left with call to abolish ICE," 26 June 2018 English subtitles do only so much to translate Zoabi’s jokes, many of which riff on the complicated political reality. Nora Mcgreevy,, "In ‘Tel Aviv on Fire,’ soap opera meets Middle Eastern politics," 15 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That title, subtitled Mistress of Evil, feels like a bit more of a question mark despite the return of star Angelina Jolie, opening a full five years after the original, which grossed more than $758 million worldwide. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Disney’s Box Office Reign Continues as ‘The Lion King’ Pounces Past $1 Billion Globally," 30 July 2019 While on the run, Zachs used two aliases and polished his Spanish by watching English-language that were subtitled in Spanish. Dave Altimari,, "Former West Hartford fugitive and convicted murderer Adam Zach loses bid for new trial in 1987 Prospect Cafe killing," 24 July 2019 When Blade Runner — Black Lotus does air, it’ll be shown with an English dub during Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block, and it will be subtitled on Crunchyroll’s streaming service. Michael Moore, The Verge, "A Blade Runner anime series is being produced by Adult Swim and Crunchyroll," 29 Nov. 2018 Modern-er Warfare As expected, the new Call of Duty was announced this week and is indeed subtitled Modern Warfare, no number. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Iron Maiden sues 3D Realms, Larian teases Baldur's Gate III," 31 May 2019 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

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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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