[ tahyt-l ]
/ ˈtaɪt l /
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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.
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Origin of title

First recorded before 950; Middle English, variant of titel,Old English titul, from Latin titulus “superscription, title”

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4. See name.


mis·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
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What is a title?

A title is the distinct name of a creative work, as in The title of the movie was King Kong.

A title is also a formal descriptive term given to a person, as in The diplomat made sure to address the duchess using her proper title.

A title is also a championship in sports, The team won the title last year and they came into the season ready to defend it.

Almost all books, movies, pieces of art, video games, and all other creative works have titles. Their title is the name they are referred to. For example, Of Mice and Men is the title of a book by John Steinbeck. Further divisions of a work, such as chapters of a book or episodes of a TV show, may also have their own titles. Something that doesn’t have a title but is expected to is said to be untitled.

Title can be used in this sense as an adjective, like a title story. When used as a verb, it means to give a title to someone or something, as in The songwriter titled his newest work “Sonata 23.”

The word title is also a formal term given to a person based on their rank, authority, achievements, or other qualifying reason. A title usually precedes a person’s name and, if so, is capitalized, as with Doctor, Professor, Sergeant, President, and Prime Minister.

Finally, a title is also a championship in sports. When used as an adjective in this sense it describes something that decides who gets the title, like a title game.

Example: The title of my favorite movie is The Godfather.

Where does title come from?

The first records of title come from before the 950s. It comes from the Latin word titulus, meaning “superscription” or “title.”

Generally speaking, it is considered rude or impolite to not address a person by their proper title in a formal setting, like calling your college professor by their first name during class.

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What are some other forms related to title?

  • untitled (adjective)
  • mistitle (verb)
  • nontitle (adjective)
  • retitle (verb)
  • undertitle (noun)

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How is title used in real life?

Title is a common word that most often means the name of a creative work.



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Is title used correctly in the following sentence?

Star Wars is the title of a popular science fiction film series.

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British Dictionary definitions for title

/ (ˈtaɪtəl) /

(tr) to give a title to

Word Origin for title

C13: from Old French, from Latin titulus
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