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

On Recode Media, Peter Kafka talks to business titans, journalists, comedians and fellow podcasters to get their take. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Recode has published 240 podcasts in 2018. Here are the 10 you really shouldn’t miss.," 6 Dec. 2018 In the decade that followed, Lerner would be joined by Russian oligarchs, Emirati sheikhs, American tycoons and Asian Tiger titans, all lured by the global popularity and growing riches of English soccer. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "The American Billionaire Who Got Chewed Up by English Soccer," 30 Nov. 2018 The mighty tech titans and their seemingly endless pipeline of profits, which powered one of the longest bull markets in stocks, are looking a little less invincible. Matt Phillips, The Seattle Times, "Tech stocks lead slump that erases November’s gain," 19 Nov. 2018 That's the reigning champion, the all-time trophy holder, a global titan, a five-time finalist and the defending European winner — the last two of which employ the sport's two most electrifying players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Steven Goff, chicagotribune.com, "'Hard-working, compact, united and well-organized': The World Cup's surprising final four," 8 July 2018 A year after being named chief executive officer, Flannery took the boldest steps yet to revamp the sinking corporate titan, unveiling plans to pull GE out of the health-care and oil markets. Rick Clough, Bloomberg.com, "GE Exits Health, Oil as CEO Shrinks Onetime Titan to Save It," 26 June 2018 In 2017, the US Justice Department indicted three people in China who had allegedly broken into computers belonging to the navigation company Trimble, the financial services firm Moody’s Analytics, and a German technology titan, Siemens. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "The real China trade issue? It’s stealing, not steel," 11 June 2018 The neighborhood is already home to various titans of industry. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Bel-Air Homes Duel to Become America’s Most Expensive," 17 July 2018 Critics of the tech titans have not spent much time thinking about that, says Carl Shapiro of the University of California, Berkeley. The Economist, "A new school in ChicagoHow regulators can prevent excessive concentration online," 28 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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