subtitle

subtitle

[suhb-tahyt-l]
noun
1.
a secondary or subordinate title of a literary work, usually of explanatory character.
2.
a repetition of the leading words in the full title of a book at the head of the first page of text.
3.
Movies, Television.
a.
the text of dialogue, speeches, operas, etc., translated into another language and projected on the lower part of the screen.
b.
(in silent motion pictures) a title or caption.
verb (used with object), subtitled, subtitling.
4.
to give a subtitle to.

Origin:
1875–80; sub- + title

subtitular [suhb-tich-uh-ler, -tit-yuh-] , adjective
unsubtitled, adjective
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subtitle (ˈsʌbˌtaɪtəl)
 
n
1.  an additional subordinate title given to a literary or other work
2.  (often plural) films Also called: caption
 a.  a written translation superimposed on a film that has foreign dialogue
 b.  explanatory text on a silent film
 
vb
3.  (tr; usually passive) to provide a subtitle for
 
subtitular
 
adj

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subtitle
1825, "subordinate or additional title," in ref. to literary works, from sub- "under" + title. Applied to motion pictures first in 1909.
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subtitle

a secondary or explanatory title. Such titles can explain the form of the work, as in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Remorse: A Tragedy, in Five Acts; they can give an idea of the theme or contents of the book, as in George Eliot's Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life; or they can simply be an alternate title, which may or may not be a comment on the work, such as Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded by Samuel Richardson and Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley.

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