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

Definition of titan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Examples of titan in a Sentence

Noun this newest ocean liner is a true titan of the sea
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ernest Gallo was an industry titan who made a profound impact on the US wine market and all those who were fortunate to work with him. Liz Thach, Forbes, 2 May 2022 By almost any metric, Crow is a titan of rock ’n’ roll. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 The short-form video platform has captured the attention of Gen Z social media users, creating a big problem for industry titan Meta. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2022 Jada Pinkett Smith is a star and cultural titan in her own right. Peniel E. Joseph, CNN, 28 Mar. 2022 Before her death, Jacqueline Avant was known to many as the wife of Clarence Avant, a music industry titan who helped generations of Black artists succeed, from Bill Withers to Babyface to Jay-Z. Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec. 2021 Craft brewers pulled off an impressive feat in 2013, collectively shipping more barrels per year than industry titan Budweiser. Julie Kliegman, The Week, 23 Feb. 2018 But before the new trading week kicked off, the new Hollywood titan and former Discovery stock was met with some Wall Street love, earning upgrades from at least two analysts. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Apr. 2022 If that seems extreme, consider the superyacht Guilty, owned by Greek Cypriot construction titan and major contemporary-art collector Dakis Joannou, which has an exterior and interior designed by Jeff Koons. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 19 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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12 May 2022

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“Titan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/titan. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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