tit·​u·​lar | \ ˈti-chə-lər, ˈtich-lər\

Definition of titular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having the title and usually the honors belonging to an office or dignity without the duties, functions, or responsibilities the titular head of a political party
b : existing in title only especially : bearing a title derived from a defunct ecclesiastical jurisdiction (such as an episcopal see) a titular bishop
2 : of, relating to, or constituting a title the titular hero of the play
3 : bearing a title : titled



Definition of titular (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person holding a title

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Other Words from titular


titularly adverb

Synonyms for titular

Synonyms: Adjective

formal, nominal, paper

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Examples of titular in a Sentence


Although retired, he remains the titular chairman of the company. he's the titular head of the department, though it's the assistant managers who largely run things around here

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Rachel Brosnahan, the actress behind the titular Mrs. Maisel, arrived wearing a yellow gown, which might not have looked that out of place on Midge Maisel. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Cast of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Has Arrived at the 2019 Golden Globes Looking Amazing," 7 Jan. 2019 The titular Black Panther and the key nemesis Kilmonger are both men. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best Sci Fi Movies of 2018 That Starred Women," 28 Nov. 2018 The main medical case featured a girl named Flora who needs intestinal surgery, performed by the titular Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Grey's Anatomy Brought Back a Bunch of Familiar Faces for Last Night's Episode," 2 Nov. 2018 Saoirse Ronan, who plays the film’s titular role, posed for cameras in a cream-puff Gucci number. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie Ruled at Last Night’s Premiere for Mary Queen of Scots," 5 Dec. 2018 Amazon’s existing corporate structure has three titular chief executives. Matt Day, The Seattle Times, "Amazon shifts its sights to the East Coast," 13 Nov. 2018 Astin — who made his name as an actor playing roles such as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings and the titular undersize football star in Rudy — has been using Twitter to drum up attention for environmental causes in the midterms. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Sean Astin Is Supporting 2018 Midterm Candidates Like Renee Hoagenson Because They Care About the Environment," 2 Nov. 2018 The new season has its titular star looking more confident than before and ready to make a big name for herself. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Bohemian Rhapsody, How to Train Your Dragon 3, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and more," 27 Oct. 2018 According to Buzzfeed, the 10-episode spin-off will feature every lead actor from Roseanne — save for the titular star. refinery29.com, "ABC Has Picked Up A Roseanne Spin-Off Called The Conners," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of titular


1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1b


1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for titular


Latin titulus title

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English Language Learners Definition of titular

: having an important or impressive title but not having the power or duties that usually go with it

: having the name of the character that occurs in the title of a movie, play, etc.

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