- a title or explanation for a picture or illustration, especially in a magazine.
- a heading or title, as of a chapter, article, or page.
- Movies, Television. the title of a scene, the text of a speech, etc., superimposed on the film and projected onto the screen.
- Law. the heading of a legal document stating the time, place, etc., of execution or performance.
- to supply a caption or captions for; entitle: to caption a photograph.
Origin of caption
Examples from the Web for caption
Girma sent a letter to TED, urging it to caption all the videos, but she says the response indicated disinterest.TEDx Talks Have a Disability Problem—but This Incredible Young Woman Is Working to Change That
November 5, 2014
The warning came with the caption from jamesb, “Keene was too lit last night.”FinnaRage Wants You to Rage at Its Parties. So What if It Ends Up a Riot?
October 27, 2014
In February, he posed with Shilene George in a photo with the caption, “I have the best girlfriend in the whole world!!”The Homecoming Prince Who Tweeted His Killing Spree
October 24, 2014
His Facebook profile has a photograph of Ford as Indiana Jones above a caption that reads, “The other me.”Trading Dime Bags for Salvador Dali
October 19, 2014
The caption reads: “Israeli Air Force Kills Children In Gaza.”Israel, Hamas, WhatsApp and Hacked Phones in the Gaza Psy-War
July 26, 2014
Under this caption we are expected to say "Honesty is the best policy."Dollars and Sense
Col. Wm. C. Hunter
This caption had a terminating period which has been retained.The Critic in the Orient
George Hamlin Fitch
Should this be unknown, a caption coined by the editors is placed in brackets.A Syllabus of Kentucky Folk-Songs
Hubert G. Shearin
They are now located more closely to the text that forms the caption.How Mr. Rabbit Lost his Tail
Albert Bigelow Paine
Reference to the scale on caption to Plate XX should be ignored.The Winter Solstice Altars at Hano Pueblo
J. Walter Fewkes
- a title, brief explanation, or comment accompanying an illustration; legend
- a heading, title, or headline of a chapter, article, etc
- graphic material, usually containing lettering, used in television presentation
- another name for subtitle (def. 2)
- the formal heading of a legal document stating when, where, and on what authority it was taken or made
- to provide with a caption or captions
Word Origin and History for caption
late 14c., "taking, seizure," from Old French capcion "arrest, capture, imprisonment," or directly from Latin captionem (nominative capito) "a catching, seizing, holding, taking," noun of action from past participle stem of capere "to take" (see capable).
From 17c. used especially in law, and there via its appearance at the head of legal document involving seizure ("Certificate of caption", etc.), the word's sense was extended to "the beginning of any document;" thus "heading of a chapter or section of an article" (1789), and, especially in U.S., "description or title below an illustration" (1919).
by 1901, from caption (n.). Related: Captioned; captioning.