su·​per·​ti·​tle | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌtī-tᵊl How to pronounce supertitle (audio) \

Definition of supertitle

: a translation of foreign-language dialogue displayed above a screen or performance an opera with supertitles — compare subtitle

Examples of supertitle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike more common supertitles, which live above the stage, the Met’s system allows each operagoer to turn his or her screen on or off — or change the channel to another language. Eric Grode, New York Times, "‘Porgy and Bess’ Can Offend. Now Try Translating It Into Spanish.," 3 Oct. 2019 Weaknesses: Audience members who use the English supertitles may occasionally have to look away from the action to read the screens, which are placed to the sides of the set rather than above the center (choose your seats accordingly). oregonlive, "At Milagro, ‘En el Tiempo de Las Mariposas’ floats with the spirit and sting of resistance," 11 Feb. 2020 The opera will be sung in French, with English supertitles, and is rated PG-13, containing some material not suitable for children. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Florentine production distills 'Carmen' into 90 minutes of hits and romantic conflict," 6 Mar. 2020 The dialogue is entirely in Spanish, with two screens providing English supertitles. oregonlive, "At Milagro, ‘En el Tiempo de Las Mariposas’ floats with the spirit and sting of resistance," 11 Feb. 2020 All operas will be performed in original languages, with English supertitles projected above the Winspear Opera House stage. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Dallas Opera announces world premiere, new productions for 2020-21," 23 Jan. 2020 The Park Square production has English supertitles for the Korean spoken in the play. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "‘Aubergine’ stirs up family relationships and food memories," 26 Sep. 2019 La Bohème LA Opera presents Komische Oper Berlin’s production of the Puccini classic about young artists in 19th century Paris; in Italian with English supertitles; contains adult content and brief nudity. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Classical music in L.A. this week: ‘The Light in the Piazza’ and more," 6 Oct. 2019 The play will be performed in English with supertitles in Spanish. Hannah Herrera Greenspan,, "Your guide to ‘Destinos,’ Chicago’s international Latino theater festival," 10 Sep. 2019

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Supertitle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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