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

The home-improvement titan has fallen a long way since the days the Sears catalog lived on American coffee tables—and some of those coffee tables resided in houses built from Sears kits. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "After 126 Years, This Looks Like the End for Sears [Update: Maybe Not!]," 8 Jan. 2019 Any Silicon Valley titans envisioning themselves as political kingmakers should pay close attention. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Reid Hoffman is learning an early rule of being a megadonor: It’s hard to keep track of your money," 26 Dec. 2018 Further Reading Disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes indicted on criminal charges And just yesterday (October 10), CVS-rival Walgreens announced a partnership with diagnostic titan LabCorp. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "DOJ approves $69B CVS-Aetna merger as healthcare industry restructures," 11 Oct. 2018 Rarely has an upstart so piqued Tencent, a Chinese gaming and social-media titan which in November became Asia’s first company worth over half-a-trillion dollars. The Economist, "A Chinese music-video app is making WeChat sweat," 12 July 2018 Weaving in interviews with other stage titans like Mike Nichols and Tony Kushner, Rebecca Miller captures her father's enormous influence, as well as the shifting perceptions of it as America moved through the tumult of the 1960s. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Garry Shandling and Arthur Miller profiled in deeply personal HBO docs," 26 Mar. 2018 Zscaler funnels the Internet traffic of its customers, including industrial titans like Siemens and GE, through its global network of more than 100 data centers for inspection, filtering, and scrubbing. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "What to Know About 2018's First Big Tech IPO," 17 Mar. 2018 Sonic remains a small regional player battling cable and telecommunications titans like Comcast,Verizon, AT&T and Charter, which dominate the $117 billion U.S. Internet services market, according to the research firm IBISWorld. Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sonic CEO Dane Jasper relishes role as net neutrality defender," 17 Mar. 2018 Kylie Jenner: reality star, beauty titan, and social media legend. Emily Wang, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Shares Adorable New Picture of Daughter Stormi on Snapchat," 15 Mar. 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

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

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one that collects or salvages junk

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