[tish-uh n]


Tiziano Vecellio, c1477–1576, Italian painter.
(lowercase) a reddish-brown or golden-brown color: hair of titian.


(lowercase) having titian color: titian hair.

Related formsTi·tian·esque, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of titian

  • She owned original artworks by Rembrandt, Velazquez and Titian.

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    Adiós to the Diva Duchess

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

    November 20, 2014

  • Hall suggests that Titian possibly used self-portraits to manipulate how old the public thought he was.

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    The Original Selfies

    William O’Connor

    April 15, 2014

  • The Daily Pic: At the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, Titian asks 'What's the rush?'

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    Museums Cure ADD

    Blake Gopnik

    September 3, 2013

  • The Daily Pic hits 100K fans, and they get a gift of this Titian miracle.

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    Western Art's Greatest Hit?

    Blake Gopnik

    May 25, 2013

  • The Daily Pic: In 1510, Titian was already seeing hell as a factory.

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    An Industrial Inferno

    Blake Gopnik

    August 29, 2012

Historical Examples of titian

  • Titian, that might or might not be—perhaps he had only touched it.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • They have abused your hate who told you that Titian was jealous.


    William D. Howells

  • Rubens never executed—Titian never colored anything like them.

  • Turner will not use such means.pitch of color as Titian does.

  • She was curious about "Titian's Mistress" because the yellow hair resembled her own.


    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for titian



original name Tiziano Vecellio. ?1490–1576, Italian painter of the Venetian school, noted for his religious and mythological works, such as Bacchus and Ariadne (1523), and his portraits
Derived FormsTitianesque, adjective
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Word Origin and History for titian


Venetian painter Tiziano Vecellio (c.1490-1576).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

titian in Culture



A sixteenth-century Italian painter known for his portraits and for his innovative use of color.

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