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 titling (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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His putback pushed the Wildcats past Warren Central 61-59 for a Class 4A sectional title, and the pandemic ended the season after that. Matthew Glenesk, The Indianapolis Star, "Butler basketball gets commitment from 2021 Lawrence North forward D.J. Hughes," 26 June 2020 Twenty-five years had gone by since the club last won a league title and another championship felt as elusive as the unicorn. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Changing doubters to believers. How Jurgen Klopp turned Liverpool into title winners," 25 June 2020 Ellis led Tallahassee to a Panhandle Conference title last season, winning the league's Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year honors before the coronavirus pandemic cut his team's run in the postseason short. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Why El Ellis chose Louisville: 'I feel like I made the best decision of my life, honestly'," 25 June 2020 Two of the past three champions of the Tony Blom Metropolitan Amateur golf championship are still in contention to add a second title to their ledgers. James Weber, The Enquirer, "Defending champion, several locals advance to quarterfinals of Met golf tournament," 25 June 2020 After Sydnie graduated and headed to play at Boise State, Cassidy tried to become the first girl to win a singles and a doubles title, reaching the semifinals before placing third. oregonlive, "Where are Oregon’s 2020 high school seniors headed for college tennis and golf?," 23 June 2020 Still, Sprewell had a far better career than Miller, who couldn’t stay in shape, and may have won a title in 1994 in Phoenix. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Latrell Sprewell thought he was headed to Phoenix Suns in 1992 draft," 22 June 2020 He was named the District 7-6A MVP after throwing for 2,550 yards and 28 touchdowns and running for 616 yards and 10 TDs while leading Cedar Hill to a 9-3 record and district title. Dallas News, "Three local quarterbacks selected as Elite 11 finalists — and the state of Texas has some bragging rights," 19 June 2020 Hewitt-Trussville has never won a football title, but reached the championship game in 1992 where Lee-Montgomery beat the Huskies 14-0. Dennis Victory, al, "3 state teams listed in MaxPreps preseason football national top 100," 17 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The acclaimed author is adding to his collection of children's books with a picture book titled Pirate Stew, EW can exclusively announce. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "See first look at Neil Gaiman's next book, Pirate Stew," 9 June 2020 The rest comes from Ozzie Zehner—an author of a book critical of renewable energy titled Green Illusions—who is also listed as producer of the film. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Michael Moore’s green energy takedown—worse than Netflix’s Goop series?," 28 Apr. 2020 Kicking it off with a 25 minute reading of the opening chapter titled 'The Boy Who Lived' is no other than Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Daniel Radcliffe, David Beckham, Dakota Fanning, and More Celebs Will Read 'Harry Potter' to You," 5 May 2020 The 12-member girl group's new EP, titled [#], debuts at No. 4 on Billboard's World Albums chart, tying their highest position on the tally to date, while earning 3,000 units in the week ending Feb. 6, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "LOONA Earn Best U.S. Sales Week to Date With Third Album Release," 17 Feb. 2020 The folks at Left Hand Utes in Colorado import the trucks from Australia, strip them down, and then rebuild them using just enough parts from a Chevy SS or Caprice or a Pontiac G8 or GTO so that they can be titled and registered in the states. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "The El Camino-Esque Pontiac G8 Sport Truck is a Car Worth Giving Up On," 2 May 2020 Executive Order 20-29 amends Gov. Walz’s previous Executive Order 20-05, which is titled Providing Immediate Relief to Employers and Unemployed Workers During the COVID-10 Peacetime Emergency. Bruce Walker, Washington Examiner, "Gov. Walz signs telehealth and expedited unemployment insurance executive orders," 7 Apr. 2020 One clue as to the killers’ motivations comes from Lydiette Carrión, a journalist who wrote a book about Ecatepec and El Río de los Remedios, titled La Fosa de Agua, or The Watery Grave. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 27 Apr. 2020 According to Swift fan account @blessedswifty, the album is titled Live From Clear Channel Stripped 2008 and was uploaded on Spotify with a 2017 release date. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Taylor Swift Accused Scooter Braun of “Shameless Greed” Over the Release of an Old Live Album," 24 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Paul Simon, who hosted last week's show, achieved the triple-crown in 1970 with Bridge Over Troubled Water [and its title track]. Paul Grein, Billboard, "How Did Christopher Cross, Of All People, Achieve That Historic Grammy Sweep in 1981?," 27 Jan. 2020 Justin Herbert and Oregon could be title contenders. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Overlooked Storylines in College Football as Fall Camp Begins," 2 Aug. 2019 The Nets almost certainly won’t be title contenders next season. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Nets Land Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving in NBA Free Agency’s Biggest Risk-Reward Move," 30 June 2019 Tom's part in the movie also earned him the Guinness World Record for the youngest actor to play a title role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Tom Holland's Net Worth Might Even Make Peter Parker Jealous," 21 June 2019 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


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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“Title.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/title. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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 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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