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 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:
- online conversation
- Facebook Messenger
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
New edit I put together! CC: @colorist
Someone posts a video to Instagram and gives their friend credit for doing the coloring.
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:
Someone texts their coworker asking why they cc'd the CEO on a recent email about printer ink.In a text message:
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:
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
We can’t say when exactly the term was first used, but searches for “cc meaning instagram” began around 2013, according to Google Trends.
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 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.
In emails, CC stands for “carbon copy”. When an email address is CC’d, the email will also be sent to that address.
CC is a very popular initialism for “credit card”.
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.
CC can mean “country code”, an alphanumeric code used for representing different countries.