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titular

adjective tit·u·lar \ ˈti-chə-lər , ˈtich-lər \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of titular

1 a :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

titularly

adverb

Examples of titular in a Sentence

  1. Although retired, he remains the titular chairman of the company.

  2. he's the titular head of the department, though it's the assistant managers who largely run things around here

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Origin and Etymology of titular

Latin titulus title

titular Synonyms


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titular

noun

Definition of titular

:a person holding a title

First Known Use of titular

1613


TITULAR Defined for English Language Learners

titular

adjective

Definition of titular for English Language Learners

  • : 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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