I. noun Date: 1825 1. a secondary or explanatory title 2. a printed statement or fragment of dialogue appearing on the screen between the scenes of a silent motion picture or appearing as a translation at the bottom of the screen during the scenes of a motion picture or television show in a foreign language II. transitive verb Date: 1891 to give a subtitle to

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