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



Definition of titular (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person holding a title

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Other Words from titular


titularly adverb

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Synonyms: Adjective

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Hopefully the show will check back in, because that question introduces a lot of storytelling possibilities to keep the series with one foot on the ground while the titular hero is up in the clouds. Oliver Sava, Vulture, "Invincible Recap: Growing Pains," 9 Apr. 2021 Taylor Paige portrays the titular Zola and Riley Keough plays her new friend Jessica in the film about two Detroit strippers who travel to Tampa for what begins as a money-making opportunity before going very wrong. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, "‘Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted’ Comes to Life in New ‘Zola’ Trailer," 31 Mar. 2021 The sixth and final season of Supergirl will test Melissa Benoist's titular hero like never before. Ew Staff, EW.com, "What to Watch on Tuesday: Supergirl suits up for final season premiere," 30 Mar. 2021 Charles Blow did mention the character in his criticism, but saved his ire for Speedy Gonzales’ friends, rather than the titular hero himself. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, "‘Space Jam 2’: How Cancel Culture Came For Pepe Le Pew, Speedy Gonzalez And Looney Tunes," 10 Mar. 2021 Andra Day is the darling of awards season as a first-time Oscar nominee for her revelatory performance as the titular musical icon in The United States Vs. Nigel Smith, PEOPLE.com, "Andra Day Thought She 'Retired' from Acting After Playing Billie Holiday: 'I Was Out of My Depth'," 22 Apr. 2021 And now, after picking up a Golden Globe for his performance as the titular Ted, Jason Sudeikis is set to return to the small screen in the show's second chapter. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Ted Lasso Is Coming Back for a Second Season," 21 Apr. 2021 In this short, written and directed by Isaac’s wife, Elvira Lind, Isaac plays a prison guard transferred to the titular letter room, where he’s tasked with screening all correspondence in and out. Joe Reid, Vulture, "Every 2021 Oscar-Nominated Movie, Ranked," 21 Apr. 2021 Launched on April 23rd, the titular OnePlus One was a new handset that took a then unconventional ‘digital-first’ approach to sales and offering an ‘invite-only’ system to buy the handset. Ewan Spence, Forbes, "Seven Years Later, Don’t Forget This OnePlus Success Story," 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of titular


1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1540, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for titular


Latin titulus title

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The first known use of titular was in 1540

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8 May 2021

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“Titular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/titular. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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