titular

adjective
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

titular

noun

Definition of titular (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person holding a title

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Other Words from titular

Adjective

titularly adverb

Synonyms for titular

Synonyms: Adjective

formal, nominal, paper

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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

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The key to Schitt’s Creek is to fully immerse yourself in its world and simply enjoy its fairy tale-esque approach, as the show embraces its titular weirdo town much like NBC’s underrated Trial & Error embraced its similarly weird setting. Pilot Viruet, The Verge, "The 12 best overlooked TV shows of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 In the film, Hughes plays Leo, a young German communist, and the titular Joan's first love. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Watch Victoria's Tom Hughes in an Exclusive New Clip of the WWII Spy Drama Red Joan," 19 Apr. 2019 The film touts three very different women within its narrative: the titular Captain Marvel a.k.a. Yolanda Machado, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gemma Chan Knows Hollywood Has a Long Way to Go with Inclusion," 2 Apr. 2019 Witness: a Wolverine game in 2D, where the titular hero's main attack was a kick. Michael Thompson, Ars Technica, "Drawn together: The love affair between comics and games," 24 Dec. 2018 And Mackenzie Davis’ titular Tully, an overnight baby nurse whose services are provided to Marlo by her wealthier brother, is optimistic and earnest to a fault. refinery29.com, "New Moms & Night Nurses: Why Is No One Talking About The Privilege Seen In Tully?," 9 May 2018 Those unable to catch the production can soon enjoy the titular Fleabag and all her bawdy antics when the show’s second season premieres on May 17. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Anna Wintour Welcomes Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Fleabag to New York With an Intimate Dinner," 13 Mar. 2019 On March 11, it was confirmed that Lucy Hale will join the cast as the titular character, who is an aspiring fashion designer in New York City. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Katy Keene: Everything We Know So Far About the Riverdale Spinoff," 12 Mar. 2019 But Wild Nights with Emily, a new movie starring Molly Shannon as the titular poet, wants to flip that image on its head. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Watch Molly Shannon Play Emily Dickinson as a Funny, Passionate Lesbian in Wild Nights with Emily," 7 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of titular

Adjective

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Noun

1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for titular

Adjective

Latin titulus title

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titular

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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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