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ti·​tan ˈtī-tᵊn How to pronounce titan (audio)
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
: one that is gigantic in size or power : one that stands out for greatness of achievement


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combining form

variants or titani-
: titanium

Examples of titan in a Sentence

Noun this newest ocean liner is a true titan of the sea
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History




Combining form

New Latin titanium

First Known Use


circa 1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of titan was circa 1741

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“Titan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/titan. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


ti·​tan ˈtīt-ᵊn How to pronounce titan (audio)
capitalized : one of a family of giants overthrown by the gods of ancient Greece
: one of gigantic size, power, or achievement

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