Definition of subtitle in English:

subtitle

noun

  • 1Captions displayed at the bottom of a movie or television screen that translate or transcribe the dialogue or narrative.

    • ‘Subtitles stack on top of subtitles until the screen is a blur of words.’
    • ‘Hope you can read lips, because there are no subtitles nor closed captioning.’
    • ‘The only other complaint I have about the video presentation is that subtitles of Chinese dialogue are burned into the image.’
    • ‘Again, all discs should come with closed captioning or subtitles for the hearing impaired.’
    • ‘Since the emphasis is on action, watching with the Japanese dialogue and subtitles works out well here.’
    • ‘Finally, newly translated subtitles round out this quality presentation.’
    • ‘I think the subtitles on the cinema version are not very good.’
    • ‘Fortunately, there are closed captioning subtitles to assist you in these times.’
    • ‘Also, inexplicably, the song in the title sequence is only translated in the subtitles for one of the sets of episodes.’
    • ‘Obviously, there is a bit of liberty between the subtitles and the dialogue in the dubbed track, but the dub is quite good.’
    • ‘Also included on these discs are English closed captions and subtitles.’
    • ‘As per other Anchor Bay releases, no subtitles or closed captioning are included.’
    • ‘It may seem a rather dull conversation, but it is one of the few conversations where Schultze's dialogue is not translated in the subtitles.’
    • ‘Closed captioning or subtitles would have been a big help.’
    • ‘The one somewhat jarring aspect of the film transfer was the choice to black out areas of the screen where Thai subtitles originally appeared.’
    • ‘With critics from around the world in attendance, the company decided to display screens with subtitles in English, playing simultaneously with the dialogue.’
    • ‘In both the English dub and subtitles, the dialogue is a bit wordy and stilted, but it's rarely distracting.’
    • ‘All of the shorts and even the featurettes have subtitles.’
    • ‘However, this sophistication does not extend to the closed-caption subtitles.’
    • ‘The feature has no optional subtitle track; burned-on subtitles appear during French dialogue sequences.’
  • 2A subordinate title of a published work or article giving additional information about its content.

    • ‘The word introduction in the subtitle is not appropriate; invitation would be better.’
    • ‘I didn't want to put that as the subtitle of the second edition.’
    • ‘The subtitle of Bender's article, ‘the need for synthesis in American history’ says it all.’
    • ‘I was suddenly encouraged to breathe life into the manuscript of ‘Knight, Princess and the Falling Star’ (the original title, used as the subtitle of the book).’
    • ‘The current subtitle could also serve as an appropriate title.’
    • ‘The title is rather obscure and the subtitle is out of step with the author's Foreword, which says the book is about the poetry of the British Isles.’
    • ‘Besides having the longest subtitle of any book I ever saw, this book - which describes a sea disaster - provides just the kind of responsible accounting I'm talking about.’
    • ‘To begin with, its subtitle is misleading for, as its main title states, it is about cunning-folk, and so does not cover broad aspects of popular magic like home remedies or local magical lore.’
    • ‘The subtitle is more explicit about the content.’
    • ‘Except for the subtitle and copyright page it purports to be more or less a freshman college history of North America after we lose the Revolution (not that that was in the cards, of course).’
    • ‘These began with boxes for a title and a subtitle.’
    • ‘The subtitle gives a better sense of the book's contents.’
    • ‘This is a complex and interesting topic (not discussed thoroughly enough in the rather short article, unfortunately), but the subtitle of the article really killed it.’
    • ‘Unfortunately for anyone interested in the economic history of this industry, however, the subtitle is a misnomer, in a number of respects.’
    • ‘The title, and especially the subtitle, suggests more of a guide on how to live with less of the brain clutter that arises from life in an information society.’
    • ‘The subtitle of my article published in last week's Mac Weekly leaves me bewildered.’
    • ‘It's acceptable for an article to have a subtitle as well as a title.’
    • ‘The subtitle of this book is an important signal about its contents.’
    • ‘My one quibble with the article is the subtitle.’
    • ‘Page 23 has a title, a subtitle (which ends in a full stop, perhaps qualifying it as a sentence), and a dateline before anything which would qualify as body text.’
    caption, inscription, dedication, motto, slogan, device, heading, head, title, wording, subtitle, subheading, rubric, colophon
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Provide (a movie or program) with subtitles.

    ‘much of the film is subtitled’
    • ‘As I think back on the few dozen subtitled films I watched over the past three weeks, I wonder, ‘What the hell else did I miss?’’
    • ‘Eden can't speak, but uses a limited-vocabulary sign language, and the film subtitles her commentary on the journey.’
    • ‘The film is subtitled in English, Spanish, and French.’
    • ‘Film geeks in video stores have at least since the advent of VHS spent far too much time talking about badly subtitled Hong Kong gangster films.’
    • ‘The narration was clear, and where it was required, the film was well subtitled.’
    • ‘While all the films are subtitled in Chinese, many also have English subtitles as well.’
    • ‘SBS foreign language films, subtitled in English, are a rich resource of quality entertainment for all Australians, but they cannot be a substitute for learning English.’
    • ‘Open-captioned films and subtitled foreign films are sometimes accessible options for people with adequate vision and literacy.’
    • ‘Although I am not fluent in Italian, I did get the feeling during the length of the film that it was poorly subtitled, which generated a weightier requirement for strong character interaction.’
    • ‘It's too bad the film is subtitled, otherwise it would be perfectly suited for kids.’
    • ‘The USA is aiming for 95% of all programmes subtitled by 2006.’
    • ‘Note that the visuals for the show, all taken from French and Québécois films, are subtitled in English for the American contingent at Victo.’
    • ‘I strongly prefer films to be subtitled rather than dubbed.’
    • ‘Despite being subtitled and having won raves at international film festivals, this movie doesn't deliver anything more dramatic than a road trip garnished with an aggressive portion of sex and nudity.’
    • ‘Most of the films are subtitled or even dubbed, while the animated shorts are largely dialogue-free.’
    • ‘Over 100 cinemas in the UK now offer subtitled screenings of films.’
    • ‘It's one of the great misfortunes of the cinema box office culture that subtitled films don't get the general release they so often deserve.’
    • ‘She and her colleagues had been up all night and had just finished subtitling our film into Arabic, a mere half-hour before the screening.’
    • ‘We might hope for better from the public-service broadcasters, but what we shouldn't hope for, it seems from my research, is a foreign, subtitled, feature film.’
    • ‘Despite being in English, the film is subtitled, presumably to aid the audience in coping with the heavy accents and unfamiliar idioms.’
  • 2Provide (a published work or article) with a subtitle.

    ‘the novel was aptly subtitled’
    • ‘Reiger actually subtitles this work as A History of the Sport - Its People and Places, Tackle and Techniques.’
    • ‘Although this book is subtitled a ‘natural history’ and published by a university press, it is not what one would expect from good science writing.’
    • ‘But Wright does subtitle his work ‘a record of reactions in a land of pathos,’ by which he means that his travelogue is a chronicle of his emotional reactions to the place and its people.’
    • ‘He subtitles his work, ‘Essays on the Reality of Science and Studies.’’
    • ‘The book is aptly subtitled The Amazing Story of Sue, the Dinosaur That Changed Science, the Law, and My Life.’

Pronunciation:

subtitle

/ˈsəbˌtīdl/