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


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

Montijo added a Prep League title in the 800 event with a time of 2:04.61. Vincent Nguyen, Burbank Leader, "Looking Back: Providence excels amidst challenges in new league," 6 Aug. 2019 The schedule is brutal, but Ben Davis should get back on the right side of .500 and win a sectional title. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "HS football top-10 countdown: No. 7 Ben Davis readies for 'Revenge Tour'," 5 Aug. 2019 Coming off a disappointing third place in the District Tournament and a seventh in the State Tournament, Poway won all its games during the week, finishing with a title thanks to a 6-3 victory over Bonita Valley in the championship game. Pomerado News, "Poway captures Western National championship," 5 Aug. 2019 O’Connor led the Dolphins to a Division 2 state title last year. Dan Shulman, BostonGlobe.com, "Paul Funk stepping down as Dennis-Yarmouth’s football coach," 5 Aug. 2019 But as every champion knows, winning is one thing, defending a big title is quite another. Danielle Rossingh, CNN, "Ben Maher returns to winner's circle with double victory in London," 4 Aug. 2019 The veteran infielder took over as the Giants’ starting second baseman as a rookie en route to a 2014 World Series title and has held the title ever since. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Roles starting to shift for Giants as dust settles following the trade deadline," 2 Aug. 2019 Dinkley wants to be part of their team and later calls from his office, an airport bathroom stall, offering valuable contacts while giving himself a ridiculous special forces title. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Everything you need to know about those killer 'Hobbs & Shaw' surprise cameos (spoilers!)," 2 Aug. 2019 Carlsbad’s Spencer is another of the young women on the rise, and at 16 finds herself among the final 16 at the U.S. Open, as well as being in the final eight going for a Juniors title. Joe Haakenson, Daily Pilot, "Caroline Marks looks for another win at U.S. Open of Surfing," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Two nights later, at the Horchow, Benjamin Moser will discuss his new biography of Susan Sontag titled Sontag: Her Life and Work. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "DMA’s Arts & Letters Live promises headliners galore, with Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood and more," 2 Aug. 2019 Comparative and superlative forms are no longer prescribed but a matter of mood; one of my favorite movies might be titled today Dumb and More Dumb. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Semantic Drift," 22 July 2019 Come this November, dozens of fashions gifted by the Detroit native will go on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in an exhibition titled In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Couture Covering 96 Years of Fashion Is Coming to the Met’s Costume Institute," 24 July 2019 The 2021 films include the two aforementioned sequels to Doctor Strange (May 7) and Thor (November 5), and a new film centered on the martial arts hero Shang-Chi, titled Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Feb 12). David Sims, The Atlantic, "Marvel’s Wide-Open Future," 22 July 2019 Natalie Portman is returning to Marvel for the Phase 4 Thor movie, titled Thor: Love and Thunder. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Natalie Portman set to play female Thor in Marvel's Thor: Love and Thunder," 21 July 2019 Torres played Jessica Pearson on the series for years, and is now starring in a spinoff appropriately titled Pearson. Sarah Madaus, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Former Co-Star Gina Torres Says Motherhood Is a "Dream Come True" for the Duchess," 18 July 2019 Further cementing her star status, Hanono has just launched her first book with Assouline, aptly titled The Art of Beautiful Living, which catalogues some of her most stunning projects from start to finish. Laurel Benedum, ELLE Decor, "Mexico's Design Darling Olga Hanono Just Launched the Most Gorgeous Coffee Table Book," 10 July 2019 Comedian Aziz Ansari shared on Monday afternoon that his next Netflix special, titled Aziz Ansari: Right Now and directed by Spike Jonze, will hit the streaming service July 9. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "Netflix Announces A Surprise Aziz Ansari Special & TheTiming Is Interesting," 4 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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


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 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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