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 Week 1481 was our perennial Mess With Our Heads contest, in which readers chose a headline from any publication and reinterpreted it by adding a bank head, or subtitle. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 As the subtitle alludes to, Hochman narrates a century and a half of wiretapping, from the Civil War to the War on Terror. Andrew Lanham, The New Republic, 21 Apr. 2022 But one has to wonder at the book’s hackneyed and misleading subtitle. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2022 Following its first season, the DC animated superhero series Young Justice has sported a subtitle for each subsequent outing. Christian Holub,, 10 Feb. 2022 Even its voluminous subtitle is a witty expression of Tokarczuk’s irrepressible, omnivorous reach. Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2022 These are some of the late 16th- through early 18th-century textiles touted in the subtitle, but these 12 pieces did not travel from Qatar by themselves. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, 29 Jan. 2022 And that mistake is what pushed him to write his book, which offers, as the subtitle says, 10 Timeless Stock-Picking Lessons from One of Wall Street's Top Tech Analysts. Jenna Schnuer, Fortune, 2 Dec. 2021 Despite the subtitle, no one ever seems to have entertained the possibility that it was written by a prostitute, or even by a woman. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tony Kushner makes the story more relevant to a modern audience (Spielberg doesn’t subtitle the Spanish dialogue, which is nice). Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 10 Feb. 2022 His decision not to subtitle the Spanish language scenes speaks to the open-hearted of the whole enterprise, and there’s a little part of us that wonders if, in 20 years, that’s what this adaptation will be most remembered for. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 14 Dec. 2021 Invigorating choice to have subtitle-less Spanish comprise ~40% of dialogue. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 29 Nov. 2021 The First Solvay Conference in Physics, in Brussels in October 1911, accomplished far less than its organizers envisioned, making Orens’s subtitle something of a mystery. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 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, 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, 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,, 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, 20 Mar. 2020 See More

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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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“Subtitle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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