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

But defending the European crown is not easy; only one club in the competition's history has successfully retained its Champions League title, Real Madrid on two occasions. Matias Grez, CNN, "Liverpool stunned by Napoli late goals in the Champions League," 17 Sep. 2019 The two lost their tag titles earlier in the night. Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com, "Clash of the Champions shocking ending sets up epic WWE feud," 16 Sep. 2019 Since Miller started coaching in the WNBA in 2015, each title-winning team has had an average of five players over 30 on its roster. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "How the Sun’s commitment to a core group of players helped them become one of the best teams in the WNBA — and within reach of a championship," 15 Sep. 2019 The Saints clinched their first title in 15 seasons with 6-3 victory over the Sioux City Explorers on Saturday night at CHS Field that sealed their 3-0 series victory. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "St. Paul Saints plan a very brief victory parade to celebrate championship," 15 Sep. 2019 Hooray for Hollywood: Hollywood’s Bleeding is the second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with the word Hollywood in its title. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Post Malone Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Hollywood's Bleeding'," 15 Sep. 2019 Katy was particularly impressive, winning both individual varsity gold medals and the girls team title. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Seven Lakes, Tompkins runners among Region III Preview standouts," 13 Sep. 2019 Despite its title, the painting appears more geometric than metaphysical. Washington Post, "In the galleries: The heady works of Soriano at OAS Art Museum of the Americas," 13 Sep. 2019 And Alabama’s defense will be more experienced than the 2010 group who had to replace almost the entire first unit from the 2009 national title team. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "The day South Carolina stunned Alabama and set the state ‘on fire’," 10 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This fourth lecture was titled Configurations of Blackness. Clint Smith, The New Republic, "The Sound and Silence of Toni Morrison," 6 Aug. 2019 My bruddas from my hometown of Bethesda, MD, the Nighthawks, signed an album titled Live at the PsycheDelly. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Is the Victory Bell Bowl still a rivalry? UC has dominated Miami.," 12 Sep. 2019 Bob Marley who was invited to play at the independence gala composed a song titled, Zimbabwe. Tinashe Mushakavanhu, Quartz Africa, "The Zimbabwean writer who was Robert Mugabe’s nemesis," 7 Sep. 2019 Prince Harry announced the new project, titled Travalyst, today at a symposium in Amsterdam. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Launches a New Sustainable Travel Initiative Called Travalyst," 3 Sep. 2019 Under the new law, House said the tiny houses would be titled but not registered as vehicles. oregonlive.com, "Sales of certain tiny houses hampered over jurisdictional gap between Oregon agencies," 26 Aug. 2019 The artist was supposed to drop another album, titled Yandhi, in September 2018, but it was postponed until November and eventually delayed indefinitely. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Brad Pitt Joins Kanye West for Sunday Service Held in Watts with Kim, Khloé, Kourtney and Kendall," 1 Sep. 2019 The musician contends that, ahead of Big Machine's acquisition by Braun's Ithaca Holdings, she wasn't given an opportunity to buy back her first six albums (from her 2006 self-titled through 2017's Reputation). Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "How Taylor Swift’s Plan to Re-Record Her Early Songs Could Work," 22 Aug. 2019 Last but certainly not least, the developer of Jalopy unveiled a new game titled Landlord's Super. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Crusader Kings II is as cheap as it will ever get, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep delayed," 2 Aug. 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

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 10b

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1600, 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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