Definition of caption noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkæpʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæpʃn//
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words that are printed underneath a picture, cartoon, etc. that explain or describe it see also closed-captioned Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘seizing, capture’): from Latin captio(n-), from capere ‘take, seize’. Early senses ‘arrest’ and ‘warrant for arrest’ gave rise to ‘statement of where, when, and by whose authority a warrant was issued’ (late 17th cent.): this was usually attached to a legal document, hence the sense ‘heading or accompanying wording’ (late 18th cent.).
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