adjective, often capitalized
ti·​tian | \ ˈti-shən How to pronounce titian (audio) \

Definition of titian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of a brownish-orange color


biographical name
Ti·​tian | \ ˈti-shən How to pronounce Titian (audio) \

Definition of Titian (Entry 2 of 2)

circa 1488–1576 Tiziano Vecellio Italian painter

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Titianesque \ ˌti-​shə-​ˈnesk How to pronounce Titian (audio) \ adjective

Examples of titian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Color options consist of black with red or gray contrast stitching, black/saddle brown, black/white, black/bengal red, black/classic red, espresso/magma gray, macchiato beige/magma gray, titian red/macchiato beige, and titanium gray/black. Davey G. Johnson, Car and Driver, 15 Jan. 2018 At once absurd and solemn, it is rendered in big splintery brush strokes of gorgeous colors on a patchwork collage of gold and blue velvet (the blue resembles an overheated Titian sky). Roberta Smith, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2017 My first choice for another name would have been Nancy, as in my hero, Titian-haired amateur sleuth Nancy Drew. Angela Hill, The Mercury News, 26 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of titian


1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for titian


Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

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“Titian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/titian. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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