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Legend vs. Caption — What's the Difference?

Legend vs. Caption — What's the Difference?

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Legend

A legend is a genre of folklore that consists of a narrative featuring human actions perceived or believed both by teller and listeners to have taken place within human history. Narratives in this genre may demonstrate human values, and possess certain qualities that give the tale verisimilitude.

Caption

A title, short explanation, or description accompanying an illustration or a photograph.

Legend

An unverified story handed down from earlier times, especially one popularly believed to be historical.

Caption

A series of words superimposed on the bottom of television or motion picture frames that communicate dialogue to the hearing-impaired or translate foreign dialogue.

Legend

A body or collection of such stories.
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Caption

A title or heading, as of a document or article.

Legend

See urban legend.

Caption

(Law) The heading of a pleading or other document that identifies the parties, court, term, and number of the action.

Legend

One that inspires legends or achieves legendary fame
She is a legend in her own time.

Caption

To furnish a caption for.

Legend

An inscription or title on an object, such as a coin.

Caption

(typography) The descriptive heading or title, of a document or part thereof.

Legend

An explanatory caption accompanying an illustration.

Caption

A title or brief explanation attached to an illustration, cartoon, user interface element, etc.

Legend

An explanatory table or list of the symbols appearing on a map or chart.

Caption

A piece of text appearing on screen as a subtitle or other part of a film or broadcast, describing dialogue (and sometimes other sound) for viewers who cannot hear.

Legend

An unrealistic story depicting past events.

Caption

(legal) The section on an official paper (for example, as part of a seizure or capture) that describes when, where, and what was taken, found or executed, and who authorized the act.

Legend

A story of unknown origin describing plausible but extraordinary past events.
The legend of Troy was discovered to have a historical basis.

Caption

A seizure or capture, especially of tangible property (chattel).

Legend

A plausible story set in the historical past, but whose historicity is uncertain.
The legend of Robin Hood

Caption

To add captions to a text or illustration.
Only once the drawing is done will the letterer caption it.

Legend

A story in which a kernel of truth is embellished to an unlikely degree.
The 1984 Rose Bowl prank has spawned many legends. Here's the real story.

Caption

To add captions to a film or broadcast.

Legend

A fabricated backstory for a spy, with associated documents and records.
According to his legend, he once worked for the Red Cross, spreading humanitarian aid in Africa.

Caption

A caviling; a sophism.
This doctrine is for caption and contradiction.

Legend

A person related to a legend or legends.

Caption

The act of taking or arresting a person by judicial process.

Legend

A leading protagonist in a historical legend.
Achilles is a legend in Greek culture.

Caption

That part of a legal instrument, as a commission, indictment, etc., which shows where, when, and by what authority, it was taken, found, or executed.

Legend

A person with legend-like qualities, such as extraordinary accomplishment.
Michael Jordan stands as a legend in basketball.

Caption

The heading of a chapter, section, or page.

Legend

A key to the symbols and color codes on a map, chart, etc.
According to the legend on the map, that building is a school.

Caption

Taking exception; especially an quibble based on a captious argument;
A mere caption unworthy of a reply

Legend

An inscription, motto, or title, especially one surrounding the field in a medal or coin, or placed upon a heraldic shield or beneath an engraving or illustration.

Caption

Translation of foreign dialogue of a movie or TV program; usually displayed at the bottom of the screen

Legend

A musical composition set to a poetical story.

Caption

Brief description accompanying an illustration

Legend

(naval) The design and specification of a vessel.

Caption

Provide with a caption, as of a photograph or a drawing

Legend

To tell or narrate; to recount.

Legend

That which is appointed to be read; especially, a chronicle or register of the lives of saints, formerly read at matins, and in the refectories of religious houses.

Legend

A story respecting saints; especially, one of a marvelous nature.

Legend

Any wonderful story coming down from the past, but not verifiable by historical record; a myth; a fable.
And in this legend all that glorious deed Read, whilst you arm you.

Legend

An inscription, motto, or title, esp. one surrounding the field in a medal or coin, or placed upon an heraldic shield or beneath an engraving or illustration.

Legend

To tell or narrate, as a legend.

Legend

A story about mythical or supernatural beings or events

Legend

Brief description accompanying an illustration

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