having a title, especially of nobility: the titled families of Europe.

Origin of titled

First recorded in 1740–50; title + -ed3
Related formsnon·ti·tled, adjective




the distinguishing name of a book, poem, picture, piece of music, or the like.
a descriptive heading or caption, as of a chapter, section, or other part of a book.
a descriptive or distinctive appellation, especially one belonging to a person by right of rank, office, attainment, etc.: the title of Lord Mayor.
Sports. the championship: He won the title three years in a row.
an established or recognized right to something.
a ground or basis for a claim.
anything that provides a ground or basis for a claim.
  1. legal right to the possession of property, especially real property.
  2. the ground or evidence of such right.
  3. the instrument constituting evidence of such right.
  4. a unity combining all of the requisites to complete legal ownership.
  5. a division of a statute, lawbook, etc., especially one larger than an article or section.
  6. (in pleading) the designation of one's basis for judicial relief; the cause of action sued upon, as a contract or tort.
  1. a fixed sphere of work and source of income, required as a condition of ordination.
  2. any of certain Roman Catholic churches in Rome, the nominal incumbents of which are cardinals.
Usually titles. Movies, Television.
  1. a subtitle in the viewer's own language: an Italian movie with English titles.
  2. any written matter inserted into the film or program, especially the list of actors, technicians, writers, etc., contributing to it; credits.


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.
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Related Words for titled

entitle, style, denominate, christen, term, label, call, baptize, dub, designate

Examples from the Web for titled

Contemporary Examples of titled

Historical Examples of titled

  • Most wonderful of all, she is the only American girl who has ever refused a titled lover.

  • Jess as you choose, Mahs William, but you's 'titled to yo' fif' all the same.

  • "Titled Europeans don't marry American girls for love," said Edna.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport

    Robert Neilson Stephens

  • A decorated and titled son-in-law were a great honour devoutly to be wished.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • Bismarck, of the Old Regime, stood by the landlords and the titled folk.

    Blood and Iron

    John Hubert Greusel

British Dictionary definitions for titled



having a titlethe titled classes



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 titled



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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