ti·​tle | \ ˈtī-tᵊl How to pronounce title (audio) \

Definition of title

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the distinguishing name of a written, printed, or filmed production
b : a similar distinguishing name of a musical composition or a work of art
2 : a usually published work as distinguished from a particular copy published 25 new titles
3 : a descriptive name : appellation
4a : an appellation of dignity, honor, distinction, or preeminence attached to a person or family by virtue of rank, office, precedent, privilege, attainment, or lands
b : a person holding a title especially of nobility
6a : a legally just cause of exclusive possession
b : the instrument (such as a deed) that is evidence of a right
c : all the elements constituting legal ownership
7a : a descriptive or general heading (as of a chapter in a book)
b : the heading which names an act or statute
c : the heading of a legal action or proceeding
8 : a division of an instrument, book, or bill especially : one larger than a section or article
9a : something that justifies or substantiates a claim
b : an alleged or recognized right
10a : written material introduced into a motion picture or television program to give credits, explain an action, or represent dialogue usually used in plural
b obsolete : inscription


titled; titling\ ˈtīt-​liŋ How to pronounce title (audio) , ˈtī-​tᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of title (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

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



Definition of title (Entry 3 of 3)

: of or relating to a title: such as
a : having the same name as the title of a production did the title role in Hamlet
b : having the same title as or providing the title for the collection or production of which it forms a part the title song
c : of, relating to, or involving a championship a title match
d : 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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His mission, along with Ed Carpenter and ECR moving into this next deal, will be about trying to achieve those results on a more consistent basis that would allow the driver of the No. 21 become a fringe title contender. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Aug. 2022 Fittingly, that era started with the last of three title victories for the great Kenny Roberts and was bookended by his son, Kenny Roberts Jr, who took the 2000 championship on the factory Suzuki. Peter Jackson, Robb Report, 4 Aug. 2022 Scott directed True Romance, a 1993 film written by Tarantino that’s arguably the most underrated title in his oeuvre. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Aug. 2022 Kelley addressed the satire of the track’s title — and gave rare insight into his feelings on the situation — in a promo post for the single on Instagram. Thania Garcia, Variety, 4 Aug. 2022 Now that the 70th Miss Universe title holder has gotten a grasp on her health, her mindset has shifted. Lanae Brody, Peoplemag, 4 Aug. 2022 The film’s title, revealed by Phillips on social media, is a reference to a medical term for an identical or similar mental disorder that affects two or more individuals, usually members of the same family. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 4 Aug. 2022 The partnership went so well that Oracle became a title partner in 2022. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 4 Aug. 2022 Incoming starters like receiver Jameson Williams and linebacker Henry To’o To’o stepped into major roles vacated by stars of the 2020 national title team. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 4 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These objects are often asteroids, but astronomers often title anything that passes within 30 million miles of our planet’s orbit as an NEO. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 4 Aug. 2022 The mystery of how Rian Johnson will title the films in his Knives Out franchise has been solved. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 13 June 2022 Dawn Ennis: For those who haven’t read it yet, why title your memoir High Yella? Dawn Ennis, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 Phoenix has come up quickly, going from one of the worst teams in the league to title contender in just two seasons, prompting observers, analysts and fans to wonder whether the regular-season success can carry into the playoffs. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 14 Apr. 2021 In Florida, Epstein's Palm Beach Island mansion has been under contract for several months while the co-executors dealt with some fraudulent claims to title on the property. James Hill, ABC News, 10 Mar. 2021 Included in that streak is a 56-54 thriller over Cedar Hill in last year’s Region I title game. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 26 Feb. 2021 Duncanville had just breezed past Odessa Permian 59-43 in the Region I title game. Randy Jennings, Dallas News, 12 Nov. 2020 Centurions sophomore Jack DeJesus led his team to the boys title over 11 much larger schools with a first place finish in a career-best time of 16 minutes, 37.63 seconds. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, 1 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective One sign: The scale says 265 pounds, rather than his post-title rise to more than 310. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2022 The global streamer has been a pioneer in African production, signing up multi-title agreements with some of the region’s top creators and producers. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Aug. 2022 No titles were announced, but in the coming months, Dreamchaser aims to announce projects and first-look and multi-title picture deals with leading Australian creatives. Patrick Frater, Variety, 19 Apr. 2022 Netflix was one of the first in the ring in June 2020, striking a multi-title deal with super-producer Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Studios. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 8 Apr. 2022 Corral told a select group of journalists on Friday that Movistar Plus was currently in talks with international groups for multi-title production/distribution agreements. John Hopewell, Variety, 7 Mar. 2022 Until recently, the Bravoverses have not been as reliant on inter-title crossovers: Real Housewives of Salt Lake City don’t look up in shock and dismay as a Real Housewife of New York comes striding into the room. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 29 Dec. 2021 In streaming, Nigerian visionary Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife became the first African production company to score a multi-title deal with Netflix last year to create two series and several films. Abigail Freeman, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 In the pre-title sequence of No Time to Die (out Oct. 8), Daniel Craig's James Bond pays his respects to an old friend in a stunning European locale. Clark Collis, EW.com, 23 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of title


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

History and Etymology for title


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

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ti·​tle | \ ˈtī-tᵊl How to pronounce title (audio) \

Kids Definition of title

1 : the name given to something (as a book, song, or job) to identify or describe it
2 : a word or group of words attached to a person's name to show an honor, rank, or office With her promotion came a new title.
3 : a legal right to the ownership of property
4 : championship sense 1 My brother won the batting title.



Legal Definition of title

1a : 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
1 in the civil law of Louisiana : title that depends on the giving of consideration for the property
2 : 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 ancestor— A. 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
b : an instrument (as a deed) that is evidence of ownership
c : certificate of title sense 1a paid tax and title fees
2a : the name or heading of something (as a proceeding, statute, or book)
b often capitalized : a division of a statutory or regulatory code or of an act Title IX

History and Etymology for title

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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