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

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 Society turns to warriors, diplomats, explorers, technologists, and even business titans, depending on where our greatest uncertainties lie and thus anoint its heroes depending on our needs and the leaders’ personas. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, "Why CEOs Make Great Politicians," 14 June 2018 That was the general consensus from a panel of biotech experts who spoke Monday at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles — a commingling of Wall Street titans, policy wonks, industry leaders, and Hollywood elites. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, "Sign up for our Cancer Briefing newsletter," 1 May 2018 Those are just three of the many pioneers, titans, icons, leaders and artists featured on the annual TIME list. Time, "See the TIME 100 in One Minute," 19 Apr. 2018 At some point, Google and the other tech titans also came to benefit from good old economies of scale. The Economist, "More knock-on than networkThe story of the internet is all about layers," 28 June 2018 Two titans of the smooth, Grusin and guitarist Lee Ritenour, ushered in the nighttime sets with a tight quartet that was loud and funky thanks largely to electric bassist Melvin Davis. Sean J. O'connell, latimes.com, "At Playboy Jazz Fest, a 17-year-old wonder, an 83-year-old master and tributes to Hef and Miles Davis," 10 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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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