- the distinguishing name of a book, poem, picture, piece of music, or the like.
- a descriptive heading or caption, as of a chapter, section, or other part of a book.
- title page.
- a descriptive or distinctive appellation, especially one belonging to a person by right of rank, office, attainment, etc.: the title of Lord Mayor.
- Sports. the championship: He won the title three years in a row.
- an established or recognized right to something.
- a ground or basis for a claim.
- anything that provides a ground or basis for a claim.
- legal right to the possession of property, especially real property.
- the ground or evidence of such right.
- the instrument constituting evidence of such right.
- a unity combining all of the requisites to complete legal ownership.
- a division of a statute, lawbook, etc., especially one larger than an article or section.
- (in pleading) the designation of one's basis for judicial relief; the cause of action sued upon, as a contract or tort.
- a fixed sphere of work and source of income, required as a condition of ordination.
- any of certain Roman Catholic churches in Rome, the nominal incumbents of which are cardinals.
- Usually titles. Movies, Television.
- a subtitle in the viewer's own language: an Italian movie with English titles.
- any written matter inserted into the film or program, especially the list of actors, technicians, writers, etc., contributing to it; credits.
- of or relating to a title: the title story in a collection.
- that decides a title: a title bout.
- to furnish with a title; designate by an appellation; entitle.
Origin of title
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- a clause in the 1972 Education Act stating that no one shall because of sex be denied the benefits of any educational program of activity that receives direct federal aid.
Examples from the Web for title
But the title of Best Death definitely belongs to Bob Stookey, who got bitten by a zombie then captured by cannibals.The Red Viper, Zoe Barnes, and the Best Fictional Deaths of 2014
January 1, 2015
I guess we know how Bacchus kept his title as the god of wine and intoxication.History's Craziest Hangover Cures
December 30, 2014
Enforcement of U.S Code, Title VII, Chapter 25A “Export Standards for Grapes and Plums” remains fully funded, thank goodness.Congress’ Gift That Keeps on Giving
P. J. O’Rourke
December 20, 2014
“Firestorms Will Rain on the Headquarters of War,” the title threatened.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel
December 20, 2014
The House of Representatives is bursting to the rafters with contenders for the title.Rubio’s Embargo Anger Plays to the Past
December 19, 2014
"No, I suppose not," said Hester, thus disclaiming the title.Brave and Bold
They gave him a title which distinguished him from the others.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
The greatest honor history can bestow is the title of peacemaker.
They are the volunteers, the owner-drivers of the Corps, many of them men of wealth and title.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
The use of a title higher than his own flattered the Inspector, and he was moved to graciousness.Within the Law
- the distinctive name of a work of art, musical or literary composition, etc
- a descriptive name, caption, or heading of a section of a book, speech, etc
- See title page
- a name or epithet signifying rank, office, or function
- a formal designation, such as Mr, Mrs, or Miss
- an appellation designating nobility
- short for subtitle (def. 2)
- written material giving credits in a film or television programme
- sport a championship
- property law
- the legal right to possession of property, esp real property
- the basis of such right
- the documentary evidence of such righttitle deeds
- the heading or a division of a statute, book of law, etc
- the heading of a suit or action at law
- any customary or established right
- a claim based on such a right
- a definite spiritual charge or office in the church, without appointment to which a candidate for holy orders cannot lawfully be ordained
- RC Church a titular church
- (tr) to give a title to
Word Origin and History for title
c.1300, "inscription, heading," from Old French title (12c.), and in part from Old English titul, both from Latin titulus "inscription, heading," of unknown origin. Meaning "name of a book, play, etc." first recorded mid-14c. The sense of "name showing a person's rank" is first attested 1580s.
"to furnish with a title," late 14c., from title (n.). Related: Titled; titling.