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tit·​u·​lar ˈti-chə-lər How to pronounce titular (audio)
: 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
: existing in title only
especially : bearing a title derived from a defunct ecclesiastical jurisdiction (such as an episcopal see)
a titular bishop
: of, relating to, or constituting a title
the titular hero of the play
: bearing a title : titled
titularly adverb


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: a person holding a title

Example Sentences

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
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As the leader of Nevermore Academy, Weems is in charge of protecting a school full of outcasts, including the titular Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega). Samantha Highfill, EW.com, 24 Nov. 2022 Even more symbolically meaningful might be the broach pinned to her wide lapel, the Princess of Wales Feather Brooch, worn by many of her titular forbears. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 22 Nov. 2022 The soiree is in a giant dome that resembles the titular vegetable. Odie Henderson, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Nov. 2022 Frank would appear in a number of Power Rangers shorts during the show’s run and even a live show featuring the titular and beloved teen fighting force before going on to a guest appearance in the popular ’90s sitcom Family Matters. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Nov. 2022 Grendizer, the titular robot, is the secret weapon used by Crown Prince Duke Fleed to fight off the Vegan invaders on his planet. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 17 Nov. 2022 Adler cites passages in biblical books to back up his assertion: In Nehemiah, for instance, the titular narrator complains about Judeans blatantly ignoring religious leaders’ strictures regarding the Sabbath. Andrew Lawler, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Nov. 2022 There’s plenty of struggle for the titular, striving shell, but there’s no antagonist. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2022 The amusing scene occurs deep in the second act and involves the titular seducer, who has already disguised himself as a hermit, and then as a nun, to try and win over Countess Adèle, who has been at least feigning a lack of interest. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 14 Nov. 2022
So observes Oscar Isaac’s titular musician in Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen brothers’ cinematic ode to the genre. Chris Wheatley, Longreads, 20 Oct. 2022 Regardless, Billy Madison's Veronica Vaughn (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras) encourages all of her students, even the movie's titular, aforementioned man-child, played by Adam Sandler, and teaches him some life lessons along the way. Andrea Wurzburger, Peoplemag, 10 Aug. 2022 As monarch, Elizabeth is also Supreme Governor of the Church of England, a titular, but deeply symbolic, role. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 June 2022 Almost four decades ago, This Is Spinal Tap confirmed the titular, and fictional, metal act's place in rock history as one of Britain's loudest bands. Clark Collis, EW.com, 12 May 2022 Tokyo Vice and Miami Vice are both crime shows set in their respective titular locales, and both involve the creative input of famed filmmaker Michael Mann. Christian Holub, EW.com, 7 Apr. 2022 Based on Martin Widmark’s popular children’s books of the same name, the film features rising star Matilda Gross as the titular Nelly, a young girl who, along with her dog London, are dragged into a world of ghosts, vampires and werewolves. Jamie Lang, Variety, 17 Feb. 2022 Building the titular, malfunctioning Ron — while visually simpler — was far more elaborate than the other machines. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 21 Dec. 2021 The first was an update to the entry-level titular iPad. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History



Latin titulus title

First Known Use


1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1540, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of titular was in 1540

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Cite this Entry

“Titular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/titular. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



: being something in title only : nominal
the titular head of state
titularly adverb
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