- existing or being such in title only; nominal; having the title but none of the associated duties, powers, etc.: the titular head of the company.
- from whom or which a title or name is taken: His titular Saint is Michael.
- of, relating to, or of the nature of a title.
- having a title, especially of rank.
- designating any of the Roman Catholic churches in Rome whose nominal incumbents are cardinals.
Origin of titular
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Ian McKellen took on the titular role in the 1995 film version of Richard III.
Laurence Fishburne is the titular character in the 1995 film of Othello.
The names of most of these are titular, but some are territorial and a few totemistic.
As for the titular mother, she had not an atom of character of any kind.
He reviewed his information on Dovenilid titular systems while he touched the switch.Citadel
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In 1855 the third of the Titular Nawabs died without any son to succeed him.The Story of Madras
I fell under that titular avalanche a torn and blighted thing.The Innocents Abroad
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- of, relating to, or of the nature of a title
- in name only
- bearing a title
- giving a title
- RC Church designating any of certain churches in Rome to whom cardinals or bishops are attached as their nominal incumbents
- the bearer of a title
- the bearer of a nominal office
C18: from French titulaire, from Latin titulus title
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Word Origin and History for titular
1590s, perhaps by influence of Middle French titulaire, from Latin titulus (see title).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper