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

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 At the start of the book, gaming titan Dodge Forthrast is punching the snooze button for nine more minutes of sleep. Jim Kiest, ExpressNews.com, "12 new books for your summer reading list," 5 June 2019 Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is weighing a plan to list in Hong Kong, according to people familiar with the matter, a move that would create a round-the-clock market for its shares and bring in more investors from the region. Julie Steinberg, WSJ, "Alibaba Considers Listing in Hong Kong," 28 May 2019 The Justice Department is challenging the decision by a lower court judge that opened the way for one of the biggest media deals ever: phone and pay-TV titan AT&T’s $81 billion takeover of the Time Warner entertainment conglomerate. Marcy Gordon, The Seattle Times, "DOJ: Judge who allowed merger was wrong about competition," 6 Aug. 2018 Terezin became a hub for the Jewish intellectual elite—titans in politics, music and academia. Bryony Clarke, WSJ, "The Concentration Camp Choir," 2 Aug. 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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to take the place or position of

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