CC Meaning

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What does CC mean?

CC means Coloring Credit. It could also mean Closed Captions, Carbon Copy, Credit Card, Crowd Control, or Country Code.

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CC Meaning
Find out what CC means and how it is used.

CC is an initialism used on Instagram that stands for “coloring credit”.

It can also mean a variety of other things.

Where is CC used?

CC is primarily used on Instagram when people post videos or photos that other people have color corrected. It may also be used on TikTok, Facebook and Twitter.

When used to mean something other than “coloring credit” CC is used in a very wide range of places.

CC is used on the follow platforms and places:

  • IRL
  • texting
  • online conversation
  • email
  • Craigslist
  • Discord
  • Facebook
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Instagram
  • Reddit
  • Snapchat
  • TikTok
  • Twitch
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
An example of the initialism CC in a text message.
An example of the initialism CC in a text message.

How is CC used?

CC is used to credit someone with doing color correction for videos or photos. For example, if you have someone color correct some clips that you use to make a video, you might give them credit when you post that video on Instagram by adding something like “CC: @person” to your caption.

Do people say CC out loud?

Not when talking about “coloring credit”; instead, people will say something like “[person] did the color correction”.

When using CC to mean other things, it often is said out lout – especially when people are talking about emails where CC stands for “carbon copy”.

Example Uses of CC

On Instagram:
New edit I put together! CC: @colorist

Someone posts a video to Instagram and gives their friend credit for doing the coloring.

On Instagram:
I love this aesthetic! CC: @friend AC: @artist

Someone puts a video on Instagram and credits their friend who did the color correction and an artist who made the music.

On Instagram:
Love this vibe. vc: @person cc: @person ac: @person

Someone posts a video to Instagram and gives credit to the people who edited it, color corrected the footage and made the music for it.

On Instagram:
Had so much fun yesterday! Here's a little video. I'm liking the new look too. CC: @freelancer

Someone posts an excerpt from a vlog to Instagram and credits the person they hired to do the color correction.

On Instagram:
Do you like the colors in this video? CC: @person

A 'repost' Instagram account posts a video of someone made and credits the person who did the color correction for it.

On YouTube:
You should start adding CCs to your videos! The auto-generated ones are garbage.

Someone leaves a YouTube comment suggesting that the uploader start adding closed captions to their videos.

In a text message:
Why did you CC him on that email? Lol...

Someone texts their coworker asking why they cc'd the CEO on a recent email about printer ink.

In a text message:
I had to pay with cash because my CC was declined.

Someone tells their friends that they had pay for food with cash because their credit card was declined.

On online conversation:
Can you do CC for us? Thanks

Someone asks another player to do crowd control in their game.

In a text message:
What CC is Spain?

Someone asks their friend if they know Spain's dialing code.

Who uses CC?

The term seems to be used by younger people who like making Instagram edits.

When used to mean other things, it may be used by literally anyone.

History of CC

First Use

We can’t say when exactly the term was first used, but searches for “cc meaning instagram” began around 2013, according to Google Trends.

Data from Google Trends showing the popularity of searches for CC meaning on Instagram.
Data from Google Trends showing the popularity of searches for CC meaning on Instagram.

Rise in Popularity

Since 2016, Google searches for the meaning of CC on Instagram have been increasing. This likely coincides with the increasing popularity of Instagram edits.

What was used before CC?

We’re not aware of any specific slang terms used before “CC”.

Other Definitions of CC

CC can also mean:

  • Closed Captions
  • Carbon Copy
  • Credit Card
  • Crowd Control
  • Country Code

Closed Captions

Closed captions are basically a transcription of dialog and sounds in a video, television program or film. They are extremely helpful for people who are deaf, have difficulty hearing or are in an environment that makes it difficult or impossible to hear.

Carbon Copy

In emails, CC stands for “carbon copy”. When an email address is CC’d, the email will also be sent to that address.

Credit Card

CC is a very popular initialism for “credit card”.

Crowd Control

In online gaming (and in MMORPGs and MOBAs specifically), CC stands for “crowd control”, which is basically the act of controlling or neutralizing a group of enemies.

Country Code

CC can mean “country code”, an alphanumeric code used for representing different countries.