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Definitions for subtitle
ˈsʌbˌtaɪt lsub·ti·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. subtitle, captionnoun

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

  2. subtitleverb

    secondary or explanatory title

  3. subtitleverb

    supply (a movie) with subtitles


  1. subtitlenoun

    A heading below or after a title.

  2. subtitlenoun

    Textual versions of the dialog in films, usually displayed at the bottom of the screen.

  3. subtitleverb

    To create subtitles for the dialog in a film.


  1. subtitle

    Subtitles are text representing the contents of the audio in a film, television show, opera or other audiovisual media. Subtitles might provide a transcription or translation of spoken dialogue. Although naming conventions can vary, captions are subtitles that include written descriptions of other elements of the audio like music or sound effects. Captions are thus especially helpful to people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Other times, subtitles add information not present in the audio. Localizing subtitles provide cultural context to viewers, for example by explaining to an unfamiliar American audience that sake is a type of Japanese wine. Lastly, subtitles are sometimes used for humor, like in Annie Hall where subtitles show the characters' inner thoughts, which contradict what they were actually saying in the audio. Generating and displaying subtitles is a complicated and multi-step endeavor. First, the text of subtitles needs to be written. When there is plenty of time to prepare, this process can be done by hand. However, for media produced in real-time, like live television, it may be done by stenographers or using automated speech recognition. Subtitles written by fans, rather than more official sources, are referred to as fansubs. Second, subtitles need to be distributed to the audience. Open subtitles are added directly to the video frames themselves and thus cannot be removed once added. On the other hand, closed subtitles are stored separately, which can allow subtitles in different languages to be used without changing the video itself. In either case, there are a wide variety of technical approaches and formats used to encode the subtitles. Third, subtitles need to be displayed to the audience. Open subtitles are displayed whenever the video is played since they are part of the video itself, while closed subtitles must be overlaid onto the video by whatever is playing it. For example, media player software might be used to display the subtitles over top the video. Sometimes a dedicated screen is used to display subtitles; when this screen is above, rather than below, the visual contents the subtitles are called surtitles.


  1. subtitle

    A subtitle is a secondary or explanatory title that provides additional or clearer information about the main title. It can also refer to a written translation of a dialogue in a foreign language that appears at the bottom of a film or TV screen.


  1. Subtitle

    Subtitles are textual versions of the dialog or commentary in films, television programs, video games, and the like, usually displayed at the bottom of the screen. They can either be a form of written translation of a dialog in a foreign language, or a written rendering of the dialog in the same language, with or without added information to help viewers who are deaf and hard-of-hearing to follow the dialog, or people who cannot understand the spoken dialogue or who have accent recognition problems. Television teletext subtitles, which are hidden unless requested by the viewer from a menu or by selecting the relevant teletext page, always carry additional sound representations for deaf and hard of hearing viewers. Teletext subtitle language follows the original audio, except in multi-lingual countries where the broadcaster may provide subtitles in additional languages on other teletext pages. Sometimes, mainly at film festivals, subtitles may be shown on a separate display below the screen, thus saving the film-maker from creating a subtitled copy for perhaps just one showing. Television subtitling for the deaf and hard-of-hearing is also referred to as closed captioning in some countries. More exceptional uses also include operas, such as Verdi's Aida, where sung lyrics in Italian are subtitled in English or in another local language outside the stage area on luminous screens for the audience to follow the storyline.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Subtitle

    sub′tī-tl, n. an additional or second title to a book, a half-title.

Anagrams for subtitle »

  1. blue tits

  2. bluetits

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subtitle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subtitle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of subtitle in a Sentence

  1. Stephanie Murphy:

    I don’t think we can afford everything, unless something changes, I have no choice but to vote no on every subtitle [n the bill] and on final passage.

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