Titan

[ tahyt-n ]
/ ˈtaɪt n /

noun

Classical Mythology.
  1. any of the sons of Uranus and Gaea, including Coeus, Crius, Cronus, Hyperion, Iapetus, and Oceanus.
  2. Also Ti·tan·ess. any of the sisters of these, including Mnemosyne, Phoebe, Rhea, Tethys, Themis, and Thia.
  3. any of the offspring of the children of Uranus and Gaea.
the Titan, Helios.
Astronomy. one of the moons of Saturn.
(usually lowercase) a person or thing of enormous size, strength, power, influence, etc.: a titan of industry.
Military. a two-stage, liquid-fueled U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile in service since the late 1950s and designed for launch from underground silos.

adjective

(lowercase) titanic2(def 2).

Origin of Titan

1400–50; late Middle English: the sun, Helios < Latin Tītān < Greek Tītā́n
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British Dictionary definitions for titans (1 of 3)

titan

/ (ˈtaɪtən) /

noun

a person of great strength or size

Word Origin for titan

C17: from Titan 1

British Dictionary definitions for titans (2 of 3)

Titan

1

feminine Titaness

/ (ˈtaɪtən) /

noun Greek myth

any of a family of primordial gods, the sons and daughters of Uranus (sky) and Gaea (earth)
any of the offspring of the children of Uranus and Gaea

British Dictionary definitions for titans (3 of 3)

Titan

2
/ (ˈtaɪtən) /

noun

the largest satellite of the planet Saturn, having a thick atmosphere consisting mainly of nitrogen. Diameter: 5150 km
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Culture definitions for titans

Titans


The gods in classical mythology who ruled the universe until they were overthrown by Zeus. Atlas and Prometheus were Titans.

Note

Any great and powerful person can be called a “titan.”
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