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

In the weeks leading up to the vote, Benioff drew national attention to the campaign by publicly spatting with other tech titans who publicly opposed Prop C, including Jack Dorsey, Stripe CEO Patrick Collison and Zynga founder Mark Pincus. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "San Francisco has passed a first-of-its-kind tax on big businesses — like Square and Stripe — to help the homeless," 7 Nov. 2018 The two titans of Cambodian politics, who normally agree over nothing, made stunningly similar calls to their followers this past week. Fox News, "Cambodian leader flips the script on opponents' noodle ploy," 9 June 2019 A decade ago, these industry titans saw in Elon Musk just another gnat to be swatted aside like so many who had come before. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Inside the eight desperate weeks that saved SpaceX from ruin," 21 Sep. 2018 Yet, at least; with both characters headed to the multiplex, now could be the perfect time for these two titans to, finally, clash. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Who Is Morbius the Living Vampire?," 27 June 2018 Parker, who led his septet at the Dakota Jazz Club on Tuesday night in Minneapolis, played invaluable, influential roles in bands led by R&B titans James Brown, George Clinton and Prince. Dan Emerson, Twin Cities, "Saxophonist Maceo Parker covers all the bases with high-energy Dakota show," 11 June 2019 Triumph came out to a strong start, with contributions from many National Review notables, and even the intellectual titan Christopher Dawson, appearing in the maiden issue. Declan Leary, National Review, "Catholics vs. Libertarians in the 1960s," 11 June 2019 Meredith has stated that the company plans to focus on its lifestyle titles and has sold off Time (to Salesforce titan Marc Benioff), Fortune (to mogul Chatchaval Jiaravanon) and Sports Illustrated (to management firm Authentic Brands). Erik Hayden, The Hollywood Reporter, "Entertainment Weekly Cuts 13 Staffers As It Becomes a Monthly," 7 June 2019 Big Hit Entertainment, the agency behind K-pop titans BTS, is worth over $1 billion in corporate value, according to a the Hyundai Research Institute (HRI). Harley Brown, Billboard, "BTS' Agency Big Hit Entertainment Valued Over $1B, According to Think Tank," 6 June 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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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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