What does caption mean?

Definitions for caption
ˈkæp ʃəncap·tion

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word caption.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. captionnoun

    taking exception; especially a quibble based on a captious argument

    "a mere caption unworthy of a reply"

  2. subtitle, captionnoun

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

  3. caption, legendverb

    brief description accompanying an illustration

  4. captionverb

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


  1. captionnoun

    The descriptive heading or title of a document or part therof

  2. captionnoun

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

  3. captionnoun

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

  4. captionnoun

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

  5. captionnoun

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

  6. captionverb

    To add captions to a text or illustration.

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

  7. captionverb

    To add captions to a film or broadcast.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Captionnoun

    The act of taking any person by a judicial process.

    Etymology: from capio, Lat. to take.


  1. caption

    A caption is a brief explanation or description accompanying an illustration, photograph, diagram, or other form of visual or graphic content, typically used to provide context or details about the content presented.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Captionnoun

    a caviling; a sophism

  2. Captionnoun

    the act of taking or arresting a person by judicial process

  3. Captionnoun

    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. Captionnoun

    the heading of a chapter, section, or page

  5. Etymology: [L. captio, fr. caper to take. In senses 3 and 4, perhaps confounded in meaning with L. caput a head. See Capacious.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Caption

    kap′shun, n. the act of taking: an arrest: (Eng. law) the formal title of indictments and depositions which shows the authority under which it is executed or taken: in Scotland, prior to 1837, the name given to the formal warrant to apprehend a debtor or other defaulting obligant, which was given in the Bill Chamber after letters of horning had been executed.—adj. Cap′tious, ready to catch at faults or take offence: critical: peevish.—adv. Cap′tiously.—n. Cap′tiousness. [L. captionemcapĕre, to take.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of caption in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of caption in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of caption in a Sentence

  1. Douglas Petrovich:

    On this otherwise Middle Egyptian caption were a Canaanite syllabic and the world’s oldest attested proto-consonantal letter–‘B’, depicting a house for the Hebrew consonantbayit.

  2. Isaac Briones:

    We were just playing around, talking about jokes and stuff, he was like, one of the nicest people I knew. He was so caring. Martin's brother, Miguel,posted a photo collage to Instagramwith a caption that read.

  3. Numpty World:

    If C-Virus were real, then it would not have been trending under Politics caption on social media handle.

  4. President Trump:

    From center stage to behind-the-scenes — this is a must-have for all Patriots. Every photograph has been handpicked by me and every caption is mine, some in my own handwriting.

  5. Leanne Simmons:

    I was overjoyed to see Britney Spears horseback riding and doing cartwheels on Instagram just hours after the judge approved Britney Spears choice of counsel, i can only imagine how hopeful Britney Spears must feel now that Britney Spears has a lawyer of Britney Spears own choosing. Regardless of who has the final say on Britney Spears social media posts, the caption ended with #FreeBritney and that was certainly a proud moment for the movement.

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  • рубрика, надпис, заглавие, надписиBulgarian
  • titulek, opatřit titulky, popisek, opatřit popiskemCzech
  • Bildunterschrift, Titel, Beschriftung, Rubrum, Filmuntertitel, Bildüberschrift, Legende, UntertitelGerman
  • intitular, subtítulo, prefacio, título, leyenda, subtitularSpanish
  • tekstitys, otsikko, kuvatekstiFinnish
  • légender, sous-titre, légende, sous-titrerFrench
  • fo-thiotalScottish Gaelic
  • fo-heidylManx
  • legenda, intestazione, dicitura, parte iniziale, sottotitolo, didascaliaItalian
  • титл, натпис, титлува, заглавие, описMacedonian
  • kop, onderschrift, ondertitel, opschrift, hoofding, titel, bijschrift, ondertitelen, titelen, hoofd, betitelen, legende, certificatie, certificaatDutch
  • napisy, podpis, nagłówek, napisPolish
  • legenda, legendarPortuguese
  • рубрика, заглавие, заголовок, сопроводительная бумага, подпись, надпись, заставкаRussian
  • عنوانUrdu

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