title

noun
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

title

verb
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

title

adjective

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

So right in the title of the original Murakami story is something that doesn’t translate culturally. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Steven Yeun on Burning, The Walking Dead, and changing roles for Asian-Americans," 4 Nov. 2018 Ally is, for all intents and purposes, the star referenced in the title: a struggling singer who achieves international fame after a country star on the decline (Cooper) lends a helping hand. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Deserves an Oscar Just for Her A Star Is Born Interviews," 13 Sep. 2018 While Charles received the title in 1968 via letters patent, his formal investiture would not take place until the follow year. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Just Arrived at Buckingham Palace Wearing a Green Look," 5 Mar. 2019 Sure, the title may give it away, but it's also set in one of the most expensive places to live in the world: Singapore. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The Real-Life Inspo For the Home in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is Worth Billions," 26 Feb. 2019 Naturally, mainstream comic titles were still a huge draw for developers. Michael Thompson, Ars Technica, "Drawn together: The love affair between comics and games," 24 Dec. 2018 Oh is a six-time Emmy nominee, but this year’s nomination marks her first time in the leading actress category for her title role Eve Polanski in the BBC America drama Killing Eve, created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Anna Millard, refinery29.com, "Ellen Pompeo’s Reaction To Sandra Oh’s Emmy Nom Has Grey’s Fans Celebrating," 14 July 2018 Their trip to Sussex is important for several reasons, especially as Meghan and Harry were bestowed with the titles the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they got married on May 19, 2018. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Just Met a Dog in Sussex, and I'm Officially Dead," 3 Oct. 2018 Andy Nelson's grand slam with no outs in the eighth gave the Falcons their second straight summer regional title. Blake Baumgartner, Naperville Sun, "Middle men: Nick Taylor and Nolan Clifford answer call but Neuqua Valley loses in eight innings," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Last week, Disney released the dark and eerie first-look poster for the film, titled Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, showing Jolie donning a pair of massive wings and creepy horns on her head. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie and Four of Her Children Attend the Premiere of Disney's Dumbo," 12 Mar. 2019 Originally titled, The Diary of Princess Pushy's Sister, these book will allege that Meghan always wanted to become royalty. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Everything We Know About Meghan Markle's Family," 4 Mar. 2019 Okay, so Darcy Hennessey Turenne actually made an entire documentary about this moment (aptly titled The Moment), and everyone should watch it. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Greatest Moments in Sports History. Ever.," 20 June 2018 Getty ImagesMax Mumby/Indigo Meghan’s television film, made way back in 2011 and titled The Boys & Girls Guide To Getting Down, is reportedly set to be distributed and re-released later this year. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "One of Meghan Markle's Pre-Royal Acting Roles is Set for Re-Release," 18 Feb. 2019 Just about two years after the initial release, Team Cherry’s announced a sequel, titled Hollow Knight: Silksong. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Hollow Knight gets a sequel, Neill Blomkamp makes a live-action Anthem trailer," 15 Feb. 2019 In addition to the Season 3 premiere, Atwood will release her sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, titled The Testaments, in September. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 Trailer Dropped During the Super Bowl," 4 Feb. 2019 The Gallup survey -- titled 2018 Global Law and Order -- uses a composite index based on citizens' perceptions of security, such as confidence in local police, feelings of personal safety and the prevalence of assault or theft in the past year. Rory Smith, CNN, "Venezuela named world's most dangerous country again, poll finds," 8 June 2018 They've been titled Wuhanic and Nebraskanic oils, owing to the universities behind the research. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "This Purple Plant Has a Secret That Could Replace Synthetic Engine Oil," 27 Aug. 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

Noun

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for title

Noun

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

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title

noun

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

title

verb

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

title

adjective

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

title

noun
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.

title

noun
ti·​tle

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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