sub·​ti·​tle | \ˈsəb-ˌtī-tᵊl \

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

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 Significant sections of the film are spoken in the native dialect with subtitles. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Skyscraper' Director Will Never Make a Sequel to His Cult Classic 'Dodgeball'," 13 July 2018 The movie will be in theaters July 3 and July 5 with subtitles and dubbed on July 7. Trevor Fraser,, "Movie Musings: Summer in full swing," 29 June 2018 Not only does the Spanish dialogue have English subtitles, the English has Spanish ones, and when the characters speak in the indigenous Mixtec language, both English and Spanish appear on the screen. Kenneth Turan,, "'En el Séptimo Día' (On the Seventh Day) shines a light on the everyday lives of Mexican immigrants," 14 June 2018 The book, which has made its rounds in professional sports circles over the last few years, has a subtitle that reads The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph. Sarah Todd,, "Markelle Fultz's offseason progress will greatly impact T.J. McConnell's future with Sixers," 10 May 2018 Originally restored by the NCJF in 1986, the digital restoration enhances visual clarity and sound; and improves the English subtitles translated from Yiddish language. Loren King,, "The National Center for Jewish Film festival turns 21," 19 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The goal of the 21-minute documentary, subtitled in English and Portuguese, was to explain the heavy history of the word to Afro-Brazilians. Kiratiana Freelon, The Root, "#Nigga, What? Afro-Brazilians Express Black Pride by Embracing a Problematic Word," 6 June 2018 The book, subtitled What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, will be released Wednesday. Emily Heller, Vox, "Michael Pollan recommends 4 books that will change the way you think about your brain," 15 May 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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