[kap-shuh n]


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.

verb (used with object)

to supply a caption or captions for; entitle: to caption a photograph.

Nearby words

  1. captains of industry,
  2. captainship,
  3. captan,
  4. captation,
  5. captcha,
  6. captious,
  7. captiously,
  8. captivate,
  9. captivating,
  10. captive

Origin of caption

1350–1400; Middle English capcio(u)n seizure < Latin captiōn- (stem of captiō), equivalent to capt(us) taken (see captive) + -iōn- -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for captionless



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 for caption

C14 (meaning: seizure, an arrest; later, heading of a legal document): from Latin captiō a seizing, from capere to take

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Word Origin and History for captionless
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