of or relating to a title: the title story in a collection.
that decides a title: a title bout.

verb (used with object), ti·tled, ti·tling.

to furnish with a title; designate by an appellation; entitle.

Origin of title

before 950; Middle English, variant of titel, Old English titul < Latin titulus superscription, title
Related formsmis·ti·tle, verb (used with object), mis·ti·tled, mis·ti·tling.non·ti·tle, adjectivere·ti·tle, verb (used with object), re·ti·tled, re·ti·tling.un·der·ti·tle, noun

Synonyms for title

4. designation, denomination. See name. 14. denominate, term, call, style.

Title IX


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.
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Examples from the Web for title

Contemporary Examples of title

Historical Examples of title

  • "No, I suppose not," said Hester, thus disclaiming the title.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • 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

    Marvin Dana

British Dictionary definitions for title



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
a name or epithet signifying rank, office, or function
a formal designation, such as Mr, Mrs, or Miss
an appellation designating nobility
  1. short for subtitle (def. 2)
  2. written material giving credits in a film or television programme
sport a championship
property law
  1. the legal right to possession of property, esp real property
  2. the basis of such right
  3. the documentary evidence of such righttitle deeds
  1. the heading or a division of a statute, book of law, etc
  2. the heading of a suit or action at law
  1. any customary or established right
  2. 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 for title

C13: from Old French, from Latin titulus
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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.

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