ti·tan | \ˈtī-tᵊn \

Definition of titan 

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1 capitalized : any of a family of giants in Greek mythology born of Uranus and Gaea and ruling the earth until overthrown by the Olympian gods

2 : one that is gigantic in size or power : one that stands out for greatness of achievement

variants: or titani-

Definition of titan- (Entry 2 of 2)

: titanium titanate

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Examples of titan in a Sentence


this newest ocean liner is a true titan of the sea

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The company traces its history back to Standard Oil, the name oil titan John D. Rockefeller gave to his powerful monopoly to signify control, order and uniform quality. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Exxon, Once a ‘Perfect Machine,’ Is Running Dry," 13 July 2018 The 23-year-old has been one of the most sought-after commodities during this summer's transfer window, and the Premier League and La Liga titans are leading the race for his signature. SI.com, "Lazio Chiefs Meet Man Utd & Real Madrid Officials to Discuss Potential Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Deal," 10 July 2018 The news comes just after the 95-year-old comic book titan filed a restraining order against Morgan. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Stan Lee's former business manager reportedly charged with filing a false police report," 25 June 2018 In 2016, the 92-year-old titan stepped down and plunged Viacom into turmoil. refinery29.com, "Succession Is Inspired By These Real — And Dramatic — Media Moguls," 1 June 2018 Nearly two dozen people have been ensnared in the ongoing pay-to-play probe, which spread into Detroit and snagged towing titan Gasper Fiore, who admitted to paying bribes to win towing contracts. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "'Shakedown artist' Dean Reynolds guilty in Macomb corruption probe," 21 June 2018 Before him the office was held by Elliot Spitzer and Andrew Cuomo, titanic figures who found new powers in the office to curb the worst abuses of Republican administrations and Wall Street titans. David Freedlander, Daily Intelligencer, "Eric Schneiderman Is N," 8 May 2018 Flos Alessi also re-introduced three classic pieces and Zanotta added two reissues to its extensive Castiglioni library, along with two pieces by Carlo Mollino, another 20th-century titan whose Reale table brought $3.5 million at auction in 2005. Arlene Hirst, Curbed, "At Milan Design Week this year, nostalgia was in," 2 May 2018 The most fertile territory for Season 3 lies, of course, with our frenemies Dolores and Bernard, who present a classic X-Men/Unbreakable clash of the titans in which each needs the other in order to define their purpose. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Westworld Season 3—Everything We Know So Far," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of titan


circa 1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for titan



Combining form

New Latin titanium

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English Language Learners Definition of titan

Titan : one of a family of giants in Greek mythology

: an extremely large and powerful person, company, etc.

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