[ tich-uh-ler, tit-yuh- ]
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  1. existing or being such in title only; nominal; having the title but none of the associated duties, powers, etc.: the titular head of the company.

  2. from whom or which a title or name is taken: His titular Saint is Michael.

  1. of, relating to, or of the nature of a title.

  2. having a title, especially of rank.

  3. designating any of the Roman Catholic churches in Rome whose nominal incumbents are cardinals.

  1. a person who bears a title.

  2. a person from whom or thing from which a title or name is taken.

  1. Ecclesiastical. a person entitled to a benefice but not required to perform its duties.

Origin of titular

1585–95; <Latin titul(us) title + -ar1

Other words from titular

  • tit·u·lar·i·ty [tich-uh-lar-i-tee, tit-yuh-], /ˌtɪtʃ əˈlær ɪ ti, ˌtɪt yə-/, noun
  • tit·u·lar·ly, adverb
  • mul·ti·tit·u·lar, adjective
  • non·tit·u·lar, adjective
  • non·tit·u·lar·ly, adverb
  • un·tit·u·lar, adjective
  • un·tit·u·lar·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for titular


titulary (ˈtɪtjʊlərɪ)

/ (ˈtɪtjʊlə) /

  1. of, relating to, or of the nature of a title

  2. in name only

  1. bearing a title

  2. giving a title

  3. RC Church designating any of certain churches in Rome to whom cardinals or bishops are attached as their nominal incumbents

nounplural -lars or -laries
  1. the bearer of a title

  2. the bearer of a nominal office

Origin of titular

C18: from French titulaire, from Latin titulus title

Derived forms of titular

  • titularly, adverb

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