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 The victory clinched Linfield’s 10th Northwest Conference title in 11 seasons and earned the Wildcats a spot in the NCAA Division III playoffs, which begin Nov. 23. oregonlive, "Linfield outlasts Whitworth in overtime to clinch Northwest Conference title: Oregon small colleges football roundup," 10 Nov. 2019 Milton Academy 2, Nobles 1 — Junior Aidan Farwell twice, including the winner in the 89th minute, as the Mustangs (13-2-3) clinched the ISL’s regular-season title. BostonGlobe.com, "Concord-Carlisle 3, North Andover 1 —," 10 Nov. 2019 The victory not only clinched a Pioneer League title, but also the program’s first 10-0 regular season. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Colorado Prep Football Rewind, Week 11: Recapping the first round of the 5A playoffs," 9 Nov. 2019 Liberty gathered itself following Horner’s 19th goal of the season, backed by nine seniors and a host of veterans that were motivated to finish the mission of winning another state title. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Field Hockey: Liberty withstands Washington to claim Class 1A state title," 9 Nov. 2019 Brown ran for a career-high 209 yards and a touchdown against the Golden Eagles during his freshman season in 2017 and logged 75 yards and the game-winning touchdown in overtime last season to clinch the division title. Evan Dudley, al, "Position-by-position breakdown for UAB’s divisonal showdown with Southern Miss," 7 Nov. 2019 After Penske driver Josef Newgarden clinched the IndyCar title at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, George sent two emails the next day and set up a meeting that included Miles, the president and CEO of Hulman & Company. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "8 takeaways from Roger Penske's purchase of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar," 4 Nov. 2019 The two Washington teams have formed a close bond in recent years — the Caps were even seen on social media popping champagne at the team's Halloween party when the Nats clinched the title in Houston. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, "World Series champion Nationals had the best time at the Washington Capitals' game," 4 Nov. 2019 The previous week, in a 64-28 rout of Phoenix Carl Hayden, South Mountain clinched its first region title since 2008. Richard Obert, azcentral, "'They felt defeated': Metro Region champion South Mountain left out of 5A football playoffs," 2 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In a new coffee table book titled Ever Upwards: ISRO in Images, PV Manoranjan Rao, BN Suresh, and VP Balagangadharan, veterans of the space organisation, chronicle its amazing history, humble beginnings and audacious goals. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "In photos: The scientists who launched India’s space programme," 11 Oct. 2019 Pytheas published a book titled On the Ocean, which discussed, among other things, the moon’s clear influence on the tides. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How Do Tides Work?," 25 Sep. 2019 Bey and the network teamed up to gift us with the doc, titled Making the Gift. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Beyoncé Just Announced a Surprise Behind-the-Scenes Documentary, and It’s Dropping Tomorrow," 15 Sep. 2019 But voluminous reporting put him on a different course, a fate that also befell Dale Myers, who wrote the definitive book on Oswald's murder of Dallas police Officer J.D. Tippit, titled With Malice. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "In searching for the next ‘Hamilton,’ the makers of the musical ‘Oswald’ traverse the JFK minefield," 23 Aug. 2019 The name comes from the 1863 controversial exhibition titled the Salon des Refusés in Paris. Kristen Bateman, Teen Vogue, "Refuse Club Is the Chinese Designer Duo Using Social Media to Make Statements About Censorship and #MeToo," 13 Sep. 2019 The short film, aptly titled Brigitte, depicts a portrait session between Lacombe, Ramsay, and their friends and families. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Brigitte Lacombe Steps in Front of the Camera for Miu Miu’s Women’s Tales," 1 Sep. 2019 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 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


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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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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