[ tahyt-l ]
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  1. the distinguishing name of a book, poem, picture, piece of music, or the like.

  2. a descriptive heading or caption, as of a chapter, section, or other part of a book.

  1. a descriptive or distinctive appellation, especially one belonging to a person by right of rank, office, attainment, etc.: the title of Lord Mayor.

  2. Sports. the championship: He won the title three years in a row.

  3. an established or recognized right to something.

  4. a ground or basis for a claim.

  5. anything that provides a ground or basis for a claim.

  6. Law.

    • legal right to the possession of property, especially real property.

    • the ground or evidence of such right.

    • the instrument constituting evidence of such right.

    • a unity combining all of the requisites to complete legal ownership.

    • a division of a statute, lawbook, etc., especially one larger than an article or section.

    • (in pleading) the designation of one's basis for judicial relief; the cause of action sued upon, as a contract or tort.

  7. Ecclesiastical.

    • a fixed sphere of work and source of income, required as a condition of ordination.

    • any of certain Roman Catholic churches in Rome, the nominal incumbents of which are cardinals.

  8. Usually titles. Movies, Television.

    • a subtitle in the viewer's own language: an Italian movie with English titles.

    • any written matter inserted into the film or program, especially the list of actors, technicians, writers, etc., contributing to it; credits.

  1. of or relating to a title: the title story in a collection.

  2. that decides a title: a title bout.

verb (used with object),ti·tled, ti·tling.
  1. to furnish with a title; designate by an appellation; entitle.

Origin of title

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

synonym study For title

4. See name.

Other words for title

Other words from title

  • mis·ti·tle, verb (used with object), mis·ti·tled, mis·ti·tling.
  • non·ti·tle, adjective
  • re·ti·tle, verb (used with object), re·ti·tled, re·ti·tling.
  • un·der·ti·tle, noun

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How to use title in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for title


/ (ˈtaɪtəl) /

  1. the distinctive name of a work of art, musical or literary composition, etc

  2. a descriptive name, caption, or heading of a section of a book, speech, etc

  1. a name or epithet signifying rank, office, or function

  2. a formal designation, such as Mr, Mrs, or Miss

  3. an appellation designating nobility

  4. films

    • written material giving credits in a film or television programme

  5. sport a championship

  6. property law

    • the legal right to possession of property, esp real property

    • the basis of such right

    • the documentary evidence of such right: title deeds

  7. law

    • the heading or a division of a statute, book of law, etc

    • the heading of a suit or action at law

    • any customary or established right

    • a claim based on such a right

  8. a definite spiritual charge or office in the church, without appointment to which a candidate for holy orders cannot lawfully be ordained

  9. RC Church a titular church

  1. (tr) to give a title to

Origin of title

C13: from Old French, from Latin titulus

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