What does caption mean?

Definitions for caption
ˈkæp ʃəncap·tion

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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.

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. Rodrigue Katembo:

    We need to have the same kind of strategies in place to combat illegal mining exploration in Virunga National Park and have the laws be respected like we did in Virunga, we need to have a support at national and international level.Hide Caption 11 of Rodrigue Katembo Photos : Protecting Africas oldest parkHe hopes to be able to develop ecological activities around the park's boundaries that will provide income for Virunga National Park local community. But due to lack of finance, there is only one truck to patrol over 4,000 square miles. Pictured, Rodrigue Katembo Katembo.Hide Caption 12 of 12 / * global CNN * /' use strict' ; jQuery( document). ready( function() { var galleryAdSlide = new CNN.AdSlide(' el __ gallery', false, CNN.contentModel.singletonFile) ; }) ; Rodrigue Katembo has loved wildlife since Rodrigue Katembo was young. But like many in the African nation, he has been touched by war. When he was 14 years old in 1989, Rodrigue Katembo was taken as a child soldier, during the Democratic Republic of Congo's long running armed conflict.He would remain a soldier for eight years in different rebel groups. After peace was briefly restored, he began work at Virunga, in 2003, protecting the land and healing the community.

  2. Yukiya Chikashige:

    Japanese women adored Michiko Shoda, michiko Shoda image was similar to Princess Ann( Audrey Hepburn's character) in' Roman Holiday.'' ' Hide Caption 2 of 17 Photos : A love match that won over Michiko Shoda, now known as Empress Michiko, departs Michiko Shoda home for the Imperial Palace in the early hours of April 10, 1959, the day of Michiko Shoda marriage to Japans Akihito.

  3. 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.

  4. Numpty World:

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

  5. 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.

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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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