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ti·​tle ˈtī-tᵊl How to pronounce title (audio)
: the distinguishing name of a written, printed, or filmed production
: a similar distinguishing name of a musical composition or a work of art
: a usually published work as distinguished from a particular copy
published 25 new titles
: a descriptive name : appellation
: an appellation of dignity, honor, distinction, or preeminence attached to a person or family by virtue of rank, office, precedent, privilege, attainment, or lands
: a person holding a title especially of nobility
: a legally just cause of exclusive possession
: the instrument (such as a deed) that is evidence of a right
: all the elements constituting legal ownership
: a descriptive or general heading (as of a chapter in a book)
: the heading which names an act or statute
: the heading of a legal action or proceeding
: a division of an instrument, book, or bill
especially : one larger than a section or article
: something that justifies or substantiates a claim
: an alleged or recognized right
: written material introduced into a motion picture or television program to give credits, explain an action, or represent dialogue
usually used in plural
obsolete : inscription


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titled; titling ˈtīt-liŋ How to pronounce title (audio)

transitive verb

: to provide a title for
: to designate or call by a title : term, style


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: of or relating to a title: such as
: having the same name as the title of a production
did the title role in Hamlet
: having the same title as or providing the title for the collection or production of which it forms a part
the title song
: of, relating to, or involving a championship
a title match
: of, relating to, or used with the titles that introduce a motion picture or television program
title music

Examples of title in a Sentence

Noun What was the title of that book you were reading last week? The title of the first chapter is “Getting Started.” The company published 25 new titles last year. This is one of our best-selling titles. Her title is Vice President of Marketing. He has an impressive job title. Verb She titled the book The Story of My Life. a movie titled Gone With the Wind Adjective the title song on the CD
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Word History



Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin titulus inscription, title

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 10b


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1600, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of title was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near title

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“Title.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/title. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


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ti·​tle ˈtīt-ᵊl How to pronounce title (audio)
: a legal right to the ownership of property
: the document that is evidence of a right
: the name given to something (as a book, song, or job) to identify or describe it
: a word or group of words attached to a person's name to show honor, rank, or office
: championship sense 2
won the batting title


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titled; titling ˈtīt-liŋ How to pronounce title (audio)
: to call by a title

Legal Definition


: the means or right by which one owns or possesses property
broadly : the quality of ownership as determined by a body of facts and events
after-acquired title
: title that vests automatically in a grantee when acquired by a grantor who purported to sell the property before acquiring title
also : a doctrine that requires such vesting compare estoppel by deed at estoppel sense 1

Note: The doctrine of after-acquired title generally does not apply when the grantor receives title by quitclaim deed; to vest title in the grantee the deed must include words expressing such an intention.

clear title
: title that exists free of claims or encumbrances on the property had clear title to the farm
broadly : marketable title in this entry
equitable title
: title vested in one who is considered by the application of equitable principles to be the owner of property even though legal title is vested in another the purchaser under a contract for sale had equitable title to and an insurable interest in the property
specifically : the right to receive legal title upon performance of an obligation
good title
: title to property (as a negotiable instrument or real property) that is valid in fact or law or beyond a reasonable doubt a holder in due course acquires good title to the item
especially : marketable title in this entry
Indian title
: title held by American Indians that consists of the right to occupy certain land with the permission of the United States government appears to be no question that Congress may limit or extinguish Indian title, and any rights appurtenant to the title, without obtaining the consent of the Indian peoplesIn re Rights to Use Water in Big Horn River Sys., 753 P.2d 76 (1988) compare reservation
just title
in the civil law of Louisiana : a juridical act (as a sale or donation) sufficient to transfer ownership or a real right
also : the title that derives from such an act
have a just title

Note: For the purposes of acquisitive prescription, the requirement of just title is satisfied by an act that would have been sufficient to transfer ownership if it had been executed by the true owner.

legal title
: title that is determined or recognized as constituting formal or valid ownership (as by virtue of an instrument) even if not accompanied by possession or use the trustee held legal title to the property compare legal interest at interest sense 1
lucrative title \ ˈlü-​krə-​tiv-​ \
: title to property acquired by gift, succession, or inheritance the property acquired by lucrative title remained the separate property of the spouse
marketable title
: title that is subject to no reasonable doubt as to its validity or freedom from encumbrance and that can be reasonably sold, purchased, or mortgaged seller warrants that seller has marketable title to the property
specifically : title of such quality that a purchaser under contract should be compelled to accept it

called also merchantable title

Note: Clear title and good title are commonly used to indicate marketable title.

onerous title
in the civil law of Louisiana : title that depends on the giving of consideration for the property
: title to property that is acquired through the labor or skill of a spouse and is included in community property
paper title
: title shown on a document had an equitable interest in the property though paper title was held by her husband
paramount title \ ˈpar-​ə-​ˌmau̇nt-​ \
: title that renders inferior any other title to the property warranted that the purchaser would have quiet enjoyment free from disturbance by one holding paramount title
particular title
in the civil law of Louisiana : title by which one possesses or owns particular property received (as by purchase, gift, or legacy) before or after the death of an ancestor a successor by particular title does not continue the possession of his ancestorA. N. Yiannopoulos see also particular legacy at legacy compare universal title in this entry
record title
: title shown on the public record
tax title
: title obtained by the purchaser of property at a tax sale
also : title held by a governmental body to property seized because of tax delinquency
universal title
: title acquired by the conveyance causa mortis of a specified proportion (as one-fourth) of all of the conveyor's property interests or all of a specified type of the conveyor's property interests especially so that upon the conveyor's death the recipient stands as a universal successor was a legatee under universal title
: an instrument (as a deed) that is evidence of ownership
: certificate of title sense 1a
paid tax and title fees
: the name or heading of something (as a proceeding, statute, or book)
often capitalized : a division of a statutory or regulatory code or of an act
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Anglo-French, inscription, legal right, from Old French, from Latin titulum inscription, chapter heading, part of the law that sanctions an action

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