Simple Definition of titular
: 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 occurs in the title of a movie, play, etc.
Full Definition of titular
1a : 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>
2 : bearing a title : titled
3 : of, relating to, or constituting a title <the titular hero of the play>
Examples of titular in a sentence
Although retired, he remains the titular chairman of the company.
<he's the titular head of the department, though it's the assistant managers who largely run things around here>
Origin and Etymology 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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