Definitions for Captionˈkæp ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cap•tionˈkæp ʃən(n.)

  1. a title or explanation for an illustration, esp. in a magazine.

    Category: Literature

  2. a heading or title, as of a chapter or page.

    Category: Literature

  3. a title, the text of dialogue, or other words projected onto a movie or TV screen.

    Category: Showbiz

  4. the heading of a legal document, stating when and where it was executed, etc.

    Category: Law

  5. (v.t.)to supply a caption or captions for; entitle.

    Category: Literature

Origin of caption:

1350–1400; ME capcio(u)n seizure < ML captiō= L cap(ere) to take, seize +-tiō -tion

Princeton's WordNet

  1. caption(noun)

    taking exception; especially a quibble based on a captious argument

    "a mere caption unworthy of a reply"

  2. subtitle, caption(noun)

    translation of foreign dialogue of a movie or TV program; usually displayed at the bottom of the screen

  3. caption, legend(verb)

    brief description accompanying an illustration

  4. caption(verb)

    provide with a caption, as of a photograph or a drawing

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. caption(noun)ˈkæp ʃən

    words written below a picture

    the caption under the cartoon


  1. caption(Noun)

    The descriptive heading or title of a document or part therof

  2. caption(Noun)

    A title or brief explanation attached to an illustration or cartoon.

  3. caption(Noun)

    A piece of text appearing on screen as subtitle or other part of a film or broadcast.

  4. caption(Noun)

    The section on an official paper that describes when, where, what was taken, found or executed, and by whom it was authorized.

  5. caption(Noun)

    A seizure or capture, especially of tangible property (chattel).

  6. caption(Verb)

    To add captions to a text or illustration.

    Only once the drawing is done will the letterer caption it.

  7. caption(Verb)

    To add captions to a film or broadcast.

  8. Origin: Recorded since c.1384, "taking, seizure," from capcion or directly from captio, from the past participle of capere ("to take").

Webster Dictionary

  1. Caption(noun)

    a caviling; a sophism

  2. Caption(noun)

    the act of taking or arresting a person by judicial process

  3. Caption(noun)

    that part of a legal instrument, as a commission, indictment, etc., which shows where, when, and by what authority, it was taken, found, or executed

  4. Caption(noun)

    the heading of a chapter, section, or page


  1. Caption

    CAPTION is an annual comic convention specialising in British small press comics. It was first held in Oxford in January 1992, subsequently being held in summer each year. Loosely based around a theme, each year's event offers panels and workshops related to small press comics along with the opportunity to buy and sell them. There is also a significant social aspect. CAPTION is currently the longest-running comics convention in Britain. CAPTION differs from other conventions by breaking down the distinction between named guests and other attendees, avoiding segregation or special treatment of guests. In addition it prioritizes the social interaction of attendees by encouraging comics creators to place their publications on the CAPTION stall, managed by a rota of volunteers.

Translations for Caption

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a title or short note written on or beneath an illustration, cartoon, cinema or TV film etc

a witty caption.

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