tit·​u·​lar | \ˈti-chə-lər, 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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Burning Man, happening at the end of August, is a wild festival in the Nevada desert culminating in the titular event. Discover Magazine, "Table of Contents Sep 2018," 17 Aug. 2018 In The Saga of King Olaf, the titular king—who ruled Norway from 955-1030, around the time the Vikings settled Greenland—visits a chieftain in a remote part of the country to investigate some cattle thefts. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Mysterious sunstones in medieval Viking texts could really have worked," 6 Apr. 2018 His even softer-edged half-brother, Norodom Sihamoni, who studied film-making in Pyongyang and taught ballet in Paris, is the titular king. The Economist, "Hun Sen, Cambodia’s ruler, has been in power too long," 22 Mar. 2018 Grounded by a superb, Golden Globe-winning performance by Rachel Brosnahan as the titular Mrs. Maisel, the show is an addictive binge and celebration of being a woman. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "5 things to binge-watch this Valentine's Day," 10 Feb. 2018 Mena Massoud: plays the titular protagonist, Aladdin. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Aladdin': Everything to Know About the Live-Action Remake of the Disney Classic," 5 July 2018 Friday’s ruling is also good news for Timothy Carpenter, the case’s titular namesake. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court Cares About Your Digital Privacy," 22 June 2018 Beginning with Leslie Grace trilling along to the beat, the song switches between Korean and Spanish, and throws in a few English phrases for good measure, as the tune builds to the swaying titular refrain and a thumping dance break. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Super Junior Team Up With Leslie Grace for Latin-Tinged 'Lo Siento': Watch the Music Video," 12 Apr. 2018 Lonsdale, who confirmed his interest in both men and women in May 2017, won the Golden Popcorn statue for his almost movie-ending kiss with Nick Robinson, who played the titular hero of gay coming-of-age movie Love, Simon. refinery29.com, "This Is The MTV Movie & TV Awards Speech Everyone Will Be Talking About," 19 June 2018

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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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