WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
cap•tion /ˈkæpʃən/USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Literaturea title or explanation for a picture:The caption under the photo read, "Winter in the Alps.''
  2. Show Businessa subtitle for a movie or a television program.

v. [+ object]
  • Literatureto supply a caption or captions for:a French film captioned in English.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    caption /ˈkæpʃən/ n
    1. a title, brief explanation, or comment accompanying an illustration; legend
    2. a heading, title, or headline of a chapter, article, etc
    3. graphic material, usually containing lettering, used in television presentation
    4. another name for subtitle
    5. the formal heading of a legal document stating when, where, and on what authority it was taken or made
    1. to provide with a caption or captions
    Etymology: 14th Century (meaning: seizure, an arrest; later, heading of a legal document): from Latin captiō a seizing, from capere to take

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