tit·​u·​lar | \ ˈti-chə-lər How to pronounce titular (audio) , 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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In the Tomoko Chairem anime, the titular character Tomoko is surrounded by a bunch of cute boys who are also furniture — Lamp-senpai, Refrigerator-senpai, Bed-chan, and The Twins (two chairs) — until Refrigerator-senpai kills Lamp-senpai. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "ProZD makes nerd humor cool," 12 July 2019 But conservatives of all ages are acquainted with the titular phrase, and the mood of the argument. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "The Right Liberalism," 11 July 2019 As an incumbent and titular leader of the GOP, the president benefits from the infrastructure of the RNC and its joint fundraising committees. NBC News, "Trump's re-election efforts announce $105 million fundraising haul," 2 July 2019 Daisy Ridley stars as the titular character alongside Naomi Watts and Tom Felton. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "7 TV Shows and Movies to Watch When You’re Bored This Week," 23 June 2019 Trump’s titular counterpart is President Hassan Rouhani, who presided over the 2015 international nuclear deal that Trump rejects as flawed and weak. Washington Post, "Iran says path to diplomacy ‘permanently closed’ following U.S. sanctions," 25 June 2019 Johnson wrote of the titular character in the Jack Reacher film franchise, adapted from Lee Child’s popular crime novels. Grace Gavilanes, PEOPLE.com, "15 Celebs Who Lost Out on Major TV & Film Roles," 25 June 2019 For reference, The Hunger Games sees the events of the 74th iteration of the annual titular competition (in which Katniss and Peeta compete). Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "The Hunger Games is getting a prequel next year, set 64 years before the first book," 17 June 2019 Alan Sepinwall of Rolling Stone gave the series a positive review, praising Gugino’s charismatic lead performance as the titular master thief. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "The best summer TV is often overlooked, a little weird, and can be watched at your leisure," 14 June 2019

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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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