words that are printed underneath a picture, cartoon, etc. that explain or describe itsee alsoclosed-captionedWord Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘seizing, capture’): from Latincaptio(n-), from capere
. 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.).