subtitle


subtitle
subtitular /sub tich"euh leuhr, -tit"yeuh-/, adj.
/sub"tuyt'l/, n., v., subtitled, subtitling.
n.
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. Motion Pictures, 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.
v.t.
4. to give a subtitle to.
[1875-80; SUB- + TITLE]

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▪ secondary title
      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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