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subtitle

noun sub·ti·tle \ ˈsəb-ˌtī-tᵊl \
|Updated on: 11 Jun 2018

Definition of subtitle

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

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First Known Use of subtitle

1815

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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subtitle

verb

Definition of subtitle

subtitled; subtitling; subtitles
: to give a subtitle to

Recent Examples of subtitle from the Web

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First Known Use of subtitle

1830

in the meaning defined above

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NEW! Time Traveler

SUBTITLE Defined for English Language Learners

subtitle

Definition of subtitle for English Language Learners

  • : 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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