ti·​tle | \ˈtī-tᵊl \

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, 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

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Examples of title in a Sentence


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.


She titled the book The Story of My Life. a movie titled Gone With the Wind


the title song on the CD
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Capital One was the title sponsor for the match, played between the two most prominent golfers of their generation. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson Matchup Marred by Streaming Glitch," 23 Nov. 2018 But a Group of Five team with those types of nonconference victories, plus a strong conference record and league title, would have a chance to make the final four. Ralph D. Russo, The Seattle Times, "For 3rd week, ‘Bama, Clemson, ND, Mich top CFP; UCF’s path," 21 Nov. 2018 Book publishers embraced the trend with recent titles like City Farmhouse Style (fall 2017) and Modern Farmhouse Style (winter 2018). Laura Fenton, Curbed, "How the ‘modern farmhouse’ look took over," 21 Nov. 2018 Below, check out all the titles leaving Netflix in December. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Leaving Netflix December 2018: Say Goodbye to These 42 Movies and TV Shows," 20 Nov. 2018 Some of those games came to consoles as well, and Microsoft’s undoubtedly looking to bolster its Xbox lineup with InXile and Obsidian titles. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Microsoft acquires CRPG heavyweights Obsidian and InXile," 10 Nov. 2018 Parents can also add any Audible title from their own library to their child’s. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Kids can now stream approved audiobooks through Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited," 12 Nov. 2018 Erin Phraner, the supervising producer of Nifty, acknowledged the pressure that YouTube crafting channels face to game the algorithm and rely on bait-y titles. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "YouTube is full of cringey, clickbait DIY channels. They’re even weirder than you think.," 12 Nov. 2018 Mad Men's black and white falling man is arguably one of the most recognizable title sequences in prestige television. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "What's the Story With The Romanoffs Controversial Opening Credits?," 27 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As for how this all relates to Thanksgiving: the film-within-a-film was originally titled Home for Purim but was subsequently changed to Home for Thanksgiving. Vogue, "13 Movies You Totally Forgot Were Set on Thanksgiving," 22 Nov. 2018 The PortSmash paper, titled Port Contention for Fun and Profit, continues to recommend fully disabling SMT, not only to blunt the threat of PortSmash, but also those of TLBleed and two similar attacks known as CacheBleed and MemJam. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Intel CPUs fall to new hyperthreading exploit that pilfers crypto keys," 2 Nov. 2018 Stern was impressed by the event, officially titled the HB Sports & Entertainment STTAR (Science, Training, Technology, Analytics and Rehabilitation) Summit. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "David Stern offers views on LeBron James, Donald Trump and national anthem protests | Marcus Hayes," 28 June 2018 What's not so clear is what titles their spouses will take. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Is What Kate Middleton's Title Will Be When Prince William Becomes King," 25 Oct. 2018 Appropriately titled LogoArchive, the periodical has 12 pages of logos handpicked by Baird. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Midcentury logos take the spotlight in new magazine," 27 July 2018 Fendi released a series of ads celebrating the 10th anniversary of its classic Peekaboo bag, titled #MeAndMyPeekaboo. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Fendi's New Family-Focused Campaign Stars Kim Kardashian, North West, and Kris Jenner," 9 July 2018 Caputo has posted his investigators' 30-page report, including about 150 pages of supporting documents, at the unsubtly titled website DemocratDossier.org, where anybody can read them. David Smiley And Glenn Garvin, miamiherald, "Mystery Miamian tied to Trump probe had many names, foul mouth, 2 DUI busts," 19 June 2018 The series, titled The Loudest Voice in the Room, will be based on Gabriel Sherman’s eponymous book. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Russell Crowe Will Play Roger Ailes in Showtime’s Limited Series About Fox News," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Can Portland ever be title contenders with a Damian Lillard-C.J. McCollum backcourt? Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "NBA Trade Deadline: Dominoes That Could Fall After the Blake Griffin Deal," 30 Jan. 2018 Read why the Celtics can still be title contenders after Hayward's injury. Nick Schwartz, USA TODAY, "Kobe's heartfelt message for Gordon Hayward," 18 Oct. 2017 Arsenal 'invincible' Lauren believes that his former team are not title contenders for the Premier League this season. SI.com, "Gunner Legend Lauren Highlights Three Key Factors as to Why Arsenal Won't Win the Premier League," 4 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of title


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 10b


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for title


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

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English Language Learners Definition of title

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the name given to something (such as a book, song, or movie) to identify or describe it

: a published book

: a word or name that describes a person's job in a company or organization



English Language Learners Definition of title (Entry 2 of 3)

: to give a name or title to (something) : to call (a book, song, movie, etc.) by a title



English Language Learners Definition of title (Entry 3 of 3)

: having the same name as a movie, play, etc.

: of, relating to, or involving a championship


ti·​tle | \ˈtī-tᵊl \

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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