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

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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 That is faster than her sister, Abby, ran in winning a 2009 state title as a sophomore (2:12.42). David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 7 June 2021 Besides choosing their Classified Employees of the Year, many school districts have also chosen their Teachers of the Year, some of whom will go on to compete for the county and then the state title. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 June 2021 Winning this state title, that’s never going to be taken from us. Joe Magill, cleveland, 6 June 2021 Mariemont girls swarm the net to win DII state title, 16-6 Shah's Nighthawks came from behind in eight innings to beat McNicholas 7-5 on Friday to earn the game with CHCA. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 6 June 2021 Neither Rockford or Fenton had ever won a state title in boys track and field. Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, 5 June 2021 Sure, the Sacred Heart Academy senior was thrilled to win another state title. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 4 June 2021 Central won a Class 7A state title three years ago. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 4 June 2021 In leading Wakeland to a state title, McKenna left some in awe during the regional championships. Arianna Vedia, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Why did Shakespeare title his most famous play for the son who had died several years earlier? New York Times, 31 July 2020 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, 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, 28 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Aside from the post-title joke about Richard Madden’s Ikaris leading the Avengers following the deaths of Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, there’s not a lot of MCU in this first teaser for Oscar-winning Chloé Zhao’s Eternals. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Also advertised is Karrion Kross vs. Austin Theory in a non-title match, Kyle O’Reilly vs. Oney Lorcan and Kushida vs. Santos Escobar in a two-out-of-three falls match for the Cruiserweight Championship. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 12 May 2021 During Wednesday’s co-main event, former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez squares off against Iuri Lapicus in a non-title lightweight matchup. Tim Casey, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 In addition, one of the most gruesome injuries of all time took place in the final non-title contest of the night, with former champion Chris Weidman suffering a compound fracture to his leg off a kick just 17 seconds into his bout with Uriah Hall. Mike Bohn, Rolling Stone, 25 Apr. 2021 Texas A&M is the one non-title game participant that could still factor in the playoff discussion. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 18 Dec. 2020 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, 27 Jan. 2020 Justin Herbert and Oregon could be title contenders. The Si Staff, SI.com, 2 Aug. 2019 The Nets almost certainly won’t be title contenders next season. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, 30 June 2019

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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 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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