- 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.
- 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.
verb (used with object), ti·tled, ti·tling.
Origin of title
Synonyms for title
- short for subtitle (def. 2)
- written material giving credits in a film or television programme
- 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
Word Origin 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.