• IPA: /ˈkæp.ʃən/

caption (plural captions)

  1. (typography) The descriptive heading or title of a document or part therof
  2. A title or brief explanation attached to an illustration, cartoon, user interface element, etc.
  3. (cinematography) A piece of text appearing on screen as subtitle or other part of a film or broadcast.
  4. (legal) The section on an official paper that describes when, where, what was taken, found or executed, and by whom it was authorized.
  5. (obsolete, legal) A seizure or capture, especially of tangible property (chattel).
    • 1919 Thomas Welburn Hughes. A treatise on criminal law and procedure. The Bobbs-Merril Co., Indianapolis, IN, USA. Sec. 557 (p. 378) ↗.
      The caption and asportation must be felonious.
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  • German: Rubrum
  • Italian: parte iniziale
  • Russian: сопроводи́тельная бума́га

caption (captions, present participle captioning; past and past participle captioned)

  1. To add captions to a text or illustration.
    Only once the drawing is done will the letterer caption it.
  2. To add captions to a film or broadcast.
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