tit·​u·​lar | \ ˈti-chə-lər How to pronounce titular (audio) , ˈtich-lər \

Definition of titular

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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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titularly adverb

Synonyms for titular

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of titular in a Sentence

Adjective 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The titular Guatemala City character finds difficultly living as an openly gay man in a conservative Catholic and Evangelical Christian community. John Benson, cleveland, "'Alice’ and 'Jose’ top this week’s streaming movies in Cleveland Cinemas and Cinematheque virtual screening rooms," 13 May 2020 In the titular dream, a littering kid gets transported in his bed to a series of scenes from the future à la A Christmas Carol. The Editors, Outside Online, "Our 12 Favorite Earth Day Reads," 22 Apr. 2020 Buy now: $10, amazon.com The Dodsworth series takes children on a different adventure in each book, led by the titular mouse and his sarcastic duck sidekick. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Children’s Books That Will Teach Your Kids About the World," 21 Apr. 2020 In the cartoon, the titular pseudo-Rastafarian Major Lazer smokes tons of weed and saves music, white girls, and the world, in roughly that order. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Straight to (CO)Video: We’re finally getting around to watching these things," 19 Apr. 2020 The titular Miss Austen is Jane’s devoted older sister, Cassandra, who outlived her by 28 years and who, in Hornby’s telling, guarded her beloved sister’s legacy with zeal. Heller Mcalpin, The Christian Science Monitor, "Jane Austen’s sister destroyed her letters. ‘Miss Austen’ imagines the reasons.," 8 Apr. 2020 Yesterday, on the second episode of John Krasinski’s Some Good News show, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of Hamilton rose to that challenge, coming together on Zoom to sing the hit show’s titular song for one young fan. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Entire Cast of “Hamilton” Sang Together on Zoom, but the Real Star Was This Wallpaper," 7 Apr. 2020 All of this makes him exceptionally great casting for Bloodshot, whose titular hero suggests a comic-book update of Universal Soldier. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch in theaters or stream at home this weekend," 13 Mar. 2020 Scarlett Johansson will reprise her role as the super spy in the film, with its titular hero reluctantly returning to her roots in Russia. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Black Widow Is The MCU Prequel You’ve Been Waiting For," 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of titular


1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1540, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for titular


Latin titulus title

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The first known use of titular was in 1540

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19 May 2020

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“Titular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/titular. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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