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

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Dividends to shareholders aren’t uncommon in the public stock markets, especially from conservative, old-line industry titans like General Electric. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "In an extraordinary move, Juul is trying to make peace with its investors and employees by paying them more than $4 billion," 21 Dec. 2018 Miraculously, this duet from two nascent talents easily one-upped the original from the two pop titans. Katie Atkinson, Billboard, "Here Are 20 Pop Songs That Turn 20 This Year," 16 Jan. 2018 The Texas capital can’t help but charm with its warm weather and energetic atmosphere as tech titans, musicians, and film fans descend for South by Southwest. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "The Best New Places to Eat in Austin During SXSW," 9 Mar. 2019 Firms like Cipla, Sun Pharmaceutical, Lupin and Dr Reddy’s have become pharma’s quiet titans. The Economist, "Indian drugmakers need a new prescription," 22 Mar. 2018 But as the Valley’s tinkerers become industry titans, that image is changing. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Data Sheet—The Almost Overwhelming Task of Retraining the Workforce," 26 Jan. 2018 Black Lotus, announced on Thursday, will launch as a 13-episode prequel anime series as a first-of-its-kind partnership between two Western anime-distribution titans: Crunchyroll and Adult Swim. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Adult Swim, Crunchyroll announce first-ever co-production: A Blade Runner anime," 29 Nov. 2018 And we were robbed of the opportunity to watch a game between two titans, and to revel in a historic victory either way. Zerlina Maxwell, Teen Vogue, "Serena Williams’ Treatment at the U.S. Open Is About More Than Tennis," 10 Sep. 2018 In 2002, the South Koreans, after failing to win a game in five previous World Cups, notched two wins and a tie in the group stage before dismissing two international soccer titans, Italy and Spain, in the knockout rounds. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "South Korea Draws Inspiration From 2002. Ah, but So Does Mexico.," 23 June 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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