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 The game's subtitle is Kill the Justice League, a massest-of-mass-market pitch that defangs the supposed transgression of something like Invincible. Darren Franich,, "Whatever Happened to the Men of Tomorrow?," 12 Apr. 2021 And so the subtitle of this journal is Fate of the Blenden Hall, written in the blood of a penguin. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "Literature’s Most Curious Creations," 6 Apr. 2021 His subtitle borrows from one of Roth’s greatest novels and in doing so implies something subversive, an alternative to any received or official version. Michael Gorra, The New York Review of Books, "Philip’s Theater," 23 Mar. 2021 Its rabid fan base — and a host of law-enforcement agencies — petitioned the network to reconsider, and seven weeks later, AMW was renewed with a new subtitle, America Fights Back, and a more intense tone. Rachel Monroe, Vulture, "The Criminal Minds of Jim and Tim," 15 Mar. 2021 True to the show’s reputation, this second of two special episodes has a subtitle that’s a bit too racy for print. oregonlive, "Winter TV 2021: Premiere dates for new and returning midseason shows," 30 Dec. 2020 The print version of this article used an incorrect subtitle for the American edition of James Suzman’s book. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "How Civilization Broke Our Brains," 13 Dec. 2020 The pointed subtitle of O’Sullivan’s book is a rebuke to those who think all female Beatles fans were tearfully ecstatic, out of control and undiscerning. Washington Post, "All you need is Lennon: A Maryland author ponders the Beatles’ role in her life," 7 Dec. 2020 The latter struggle, within the novelist himself, is the real war of Gorra’s subtitle. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "William Faulkner’s Demons," 23 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The sweeping restrictions have motivated fans of shows and movies that run afoul of censorship rules to subtitle them in Chinese and upload unauthorized copies online. Nectar Gan, CNN, "How a Chinese website for pirated TV shows became a cultural touchstone for millennials," 2 Mar. 2021 KineMaster This Android and iOS app can blur faces in videos, including other features such as voiceovers, subtitling, and transitions and special effects. Coral Murphy, USA TODAY, "Want to blur a face in your video? These video and photo editing tools can help," 29 May 2020 This whole time, the only legitimate way to stream the anime has been through Hulu, which granted, has dubbed and subtitled versions of both Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal. Michelle Santiago Cortés,, "You Could Soon Stream Sailor Moon For Free On YouTube," 22 Apr. 2020 Audiences worldwide can enjoy Apple TV+ originals subtitled and/or dubbed in nearly 40 languages, including Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (SDH) or closed captions. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Self-isolating? Try these awesome tips for Netflix, Amazon, Disney+ and Apple TV+," 20 Mar. 2020 The film is considered by many to be the first subtitled for the American market. Sandra E. Garcia, New York Times, "After ‘Parasite,’ Are Subtitles Still a One-Inch Barrier for Americans?," 12 Feb. 2020 They'll be subtitled in 28 languages and dubbed in up to 20. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Studio Ghibli films are coming to Netflix, but not in North America or Japan," 20 Jan. 2020 The tea this year was subtitled: Petticoat Justice. cleveland, "Lorain County Historical Society serves Valentine Tea for women’s suffrage centennial," 17 Feb. 2020 John Conyers' autobiography might have been subtitled 'Jazz in the key of life... Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Watch live: Funeral for former U.S. Rep. John Conyers," 4 Nov. 2019

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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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17 Apr 2021

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“Subtitle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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