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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These are the athletic feats Brie Larson tackled after nine months of training for her latest role as the titular character in Captain Marvel, which hits theaters Friday, March 8. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Here's How Brie Larson Trained to Play Captain Marvel," 7 Mar. 2019 Moore stars as the titular Gloria, a fifty-something divorcee who spends her nights looking for fun at dance clubs across Los Angeles. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Julianne Moore Dances the Night Away at the Premiere of Gloria Bell," 5 Mar. 2019 Fox Searchlight All the while, Abigail and Sarah connive and sabotage one another to remain the titular favorite of the Queen. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What Is The Favourite Movie About? It's a Rom-Com of a Sort," 23 Feb. 2019 Peyton Reed's sequel stars Paul Rudd as the titular Marvel superhero, along with Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas and franchise newcomer Michelle Pfeiffer. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp': Film Review," 27 June 2018 Gal Gadot will return to Wonder Woman 2 as our titular superhero, while Kristen Wiig is joining as the villainess Cheetah. refinery29.com, "Wonder Woman 2 Will Be Set In 1984 — The Year Everything Happened," 2 June 2018 The movie, which focuses on the titular superhero who is king of the fictional African country of Wakanda, is forecasted to pull in as much as $165 million in domestic box-office gross for its debut over the four-day President’s Day holiday weekend. Tom Huddleston Jr., Fortune, "'Black Panther' Is on Track for a Record-Setting Weekend Box Office," 12 Feb. 2018 In a lot of ways, the star of last fall's Thor: Ragnarok was not its titular superhero but the man directing him: Taika Waititi. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "Watch Taika Waititi's Intro for Thor: Ragnarok, a Very Good Movie," 6 Feb. 2018 In the 2001 Wes Anderson film, The Royal Tenenbaums, each of the titular Tenenbaum children occupies a floor of their Harlem townhouse. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Channel Margot Tenenbaum With the New Scalamandré x The Inside Collaboration," 19 Feb. 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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