ti·​tan | \ ˈtī-tᵊn How to pronounce titan (audio) \

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

He and Sir Alex – who all our thoughts are with – are both titans of the game. SI.com, "Sean Dyche Admits His Side Lacked 'Any Edge' After Gunners Run Riot in Emirates Stadium Drubbing," 7 May 2018 Meanwhile, the bosses see themselves to be titans of industry. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / Architecture / News Everything you ever needed to know about the Chicago common brick," 2 May 2018 Her father was a state Supreme Court judge and legal counsel to Central Pacific Railroad; her uncle was also a railroad titan; and both of her parents were activists, abolitionists, and philanthropists. Kate Siber, Outside Online, "The Bohemian Heiress Who Shattered 19th-Century Taboos," 24 Apr. 2018 The Connecticut and California branches may be the most expensive private mental health treatment centers in the world, though because their clients are all titans of industry and A-list celebrities, cost is entirely beside the point. Augusten Burroughs, Town & Country, "Welcome to the Very Best Asylum Money Can Buy," 23 Apr. 2018 Sure, there are tech titans here battling to control our computers, TVs and smart homes. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "CES 2018: 12 of the wildest tech gadgets coming online," 10 Jan. 2018 Dividends to shareholders aren’t uncommon in the public stock markets, especially from conservative, old-line industry titans like General Electric. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "In an extraordinary move, Juul is trying to make peace with its investors and employees by paying them more than $4 billion," 21 Dec. 2018 Miraculously, this duet from two nascent talents easily one-upped the original from the two pop titans. Katie Atkinson, Billboard, "Here Are 20 Pop Songs That Turn 20 This Year," 16 Jan. 2018 The Texas capital can’t help but charm with its warm weather and energetic atmosphere as tech titans, musicians, and film fans descend for South by Southwest. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "The Best New Places to Eat in Austin During SXSW," 9 Mar. 2019

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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

: one of a family of giants in Greek mythology
: an extremely large and powerful person, company, etc.

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