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

Noun this newest ocean liner is a true titan of the sea
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And the prospect of watching two British cinema titans face off after a shared 150 years of work on the stage and screen is, for a time, the only hook Bill Condon's tale of long cons and longer memories needs to command your attention. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) in Theaters and on Netflix This Weekend," 15 Nov. 2019 Mexico and Argentina, two titans in international soccer, will face off Tuesday in a friendly at the Alamodome. Terrence Thomas, ExpressNews.com, "What to watch for when Argentina, Mexico collide," 9 Sep. 2019 In the period defined by two composing titans of vastly different stripes, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Prince was the indispensable force elevating them to new artistic heights. Los Angeles Times, "Appreciation: From ‘Cabaret’ to ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ Hal Prince made the musical modern," 31 July 2019 Fans were delighted to see the two acting titans face off against each other. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Why That Epic 'Big Little Lies' Scene Was Cut, and Where You Can Watch It," 8 July 2019 Related Those sentiments explain why the two tech titans accounted for 58% of the U.S. digital ad spending in 2018, according to eMarketer. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Advertisers Are Wary of Breaking Up Google and Facebook," 20 June 2019 Carlos Ghosn was long regarded as one of the titans of global auto industry. Time, "Who Is Carlos Ghosn, the Businessman Who Fled House Arrest in Japan and Turned Up in Lebanon?," 2 Jan. 2020 His work arrests and indicts, putting people who move and shake things, political leaders and corporate titans, under a microscope. Washington Post, "Hans Haacke makes that banana on the wall look ridiculous," 19 Dec. 2019 Schwab, headquartered in San Francisco since its founding in 1971, joins a wave of older corporate titans leaving the city. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: More 24-hour public Pit Stop bathrooms could be coming to SF," 26 Nov. 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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The first known use of titan was circa 1741

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9 Feb 2020

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“Titan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/titan. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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