- a secondary or subordinate title of a literary work, usually of explanatory character.
- a repetition of the leading words in the full title of a book at the head of the first page of text.
- Movies, Television.
- the text of dialogue, speeches, operas, etc., translated into another language and projected on the lower part of the screen.
- (in silent motion pictures) a title or caption.
- to give a subtitle to.
Origin of subtitle
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Examples from the Web for subtitle
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The subtitle, Bunk House Philosophy, characterizes the book.Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest
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In his subtitle Beughem makes clear what he intended to include in the Bibliotheca bibliothecarum.
As his subtitle indicates, he has included many books that are not bibliographies.
Page A-4, subtitle of "Prisoners of Fortune" small-capped to match rest of usage in text.Jose: Our Little Portuguese Cousin
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- an additional subordinate title given to a literary or other work
- Also called: caption (often plural) films
- a written translation superimposed on a film that has foreign dialogue
- explanatory text on a silent film
- (tr; usually passive) to provide a subtitle for
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Word Origin and History for subtitle
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