adjective \ˈti-chə-lər, ˈtich-lər\

: having an important or impressive title but not having the power or duties that usually go with it

: having the name of the character that is featured in the title of a movie, play, etc.

Full Definition of TITULAR

a :  existing in title only; especially :  bearing a title derived from a defunct ecclesiastical jurisdiction (as an episcopal see) <a titular bishop>
b :  having the title and usually the honors belonging to an office or dignity without the duties, functions, or responsibilities <the titular head of a political party>
:  bearing a title :  titled
:  of, relating to, or constituting a title <the titular hero of the play>
tit·u·lar·ly adverb

Examples of TITULAR

  1. Although retired, he remains the titular chairman of the company.
  2. <he's the titular head of the department, though it's the assistant managers who largely run things around here>

Origin of TITULAR

Latin titulus title
First Known Use: 1611



Definition of TITULAR

:  a person holding a title

First Known Use of TITULAR



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